After terrorists attacked the India Air Force base in Pathankot in Punjab, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that the incident was the ‘first major challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold Pakistan gambit’.
In a series of tweets, Omar took a swing at the Bharatiya Janata saying the time had come for the ruling party to change their stand with the hostile neighbour.
“The BJP now has to sidestep its previous “terror & talks can’t go together” & insulate the Indo-Pak dialogue from such attacks,” Omar tweeted.
He expressed confidence that the terrorists had crossed over within the last few hours with the Air Force base as a specific target.
Two IAF personnel were martyred, six were injured and four terrorists killed in the gunbattle that ensued in the attack on the Air Force Base early in the morning today.
According to sources, the terrorists had infiltrated into India three days ago from Bahawalpur in Pakistan.
Security forces had been on high alert since yesterday following the attack on a senior police officer, due to which the attack today morning near the Air Force base was contained in the non-operational area of the base ensuring the safety of the civials and protecting the Air Force equipments.
Based on the developments of yesterday the Army had sounded an alert accordingly and placed 2 Army Columns, a Special Forces team in the Air Force Station prior to the attack today. A National Security Guard team has also teamed up with them to foil the terrorist plans.