PM visits Pathankot airbase

PM visits Pathankot airbase

By OUR CORRESPONDENT | NEW DELHI | 9 January, 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Indian Air Force’s Pathankot airbase

Senior defence officials in Pathankot briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday about the terrorist attack on Indian Air Force’s Pathankot airbase. Modi arrived at Pathankot on Saturday morning for an overall assessment of the attack and the security situation around the airbase. The airbase was targeted on 2 January in a pre-dawn attack.
Soon after arriving, Modi met senior officials of the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army. The officials apprised Modi about the attack and subsequent measures taken by them to secure the Pathankot airbase.
Tight security arrangements were made for Modi’s visit. The area around the airbase was sealed completely and no one was allowed entry. The Pathankot airbase is located 250 km from Chandigarh and a mere 30 km from the India-Pakistan border. All six terrorists and seven security officials were killed in the attack.
Defence and security officers showed Modi around the airbase. The terrorists are believed to have infiltrated from the Pakistani side by taking advantage of broken border fencing.
The Border Security Force has said in its report that there was no mistake on its part and that their vigil was solid at the border. Security forces repulsed the attack and the six terrorists were not able to inflict any damage to the IAF’s critical assets that include fighter aircraft and attack helicopters.
 

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