New Delhi, Feb 26 : The sports fraternity lauded the strikes conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on terrorist camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan, in the wee hours of Tuesday.
Soon after the news, sports personalities, including Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Mahesh Bhupathi, Saina Nehwal and others, took to Twitter to praise the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the air strikes, which took place nearly two weeks after the deadly Pulwama terror attack on February 14.
Sachin Tendulkar in his tweet wrote, 'Our niceness should never be comprehended as our weakness. I salute the IAF, Jai Hind !' 'Big salute to our #IndianAirForce , #IndiaStrikesBack .. Jai Hind,' Badminton star Saina Nehwal said in her tweet. Opener Virender Sehwag also praised Indian Air Force in his tweet. He wrote, 'The boys have played really well. #SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge #airstrike '
Earlier, sports persons had condemned the loss of lives in Pulwama and also made some contributions towards the families of the slain CRPF personnel. State cricket units across the country also took down photographs of Pakistani players, in protest.
The Indian cricket team observed a two-minute silence, ahead of the first Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and Australia on Sunday to honour the soldiers, who died in Pulwama terror attack. They also took to the field, wearing black armbands. On Sunday, Sachin Tendulkar also raised Rs 15 lakh for the families of CRPF personnel, during an event in the capital.
Earlier addressing the media, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, "The selection of the target was conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties. The facility is located in a thick forest on a hilltop, far away from any civilian presence.
"In an intelligence-led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the 'fidayeen jihadis' were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary," he added.( UNI )