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Armed forces took a strong and necessary step: Javadekar

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Press Trust of India Ahmedabad
Lauding the armed forces for their 'powerful act of bravery' in carrying out air strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan, Union minister Prakash Javadekar Tuesday said such a step was needed for India's security.
India conducted a major preemptive strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) training camp early Tuesday, killing a "very large number" of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said.
"We congratulate our military for such a powerful act of bravery..people trust Modiji. The armed forces carried out a very strong and necessary step for the defence of our country...it was an act of 'maha parakram' (great valour)," Javadekar told reporters here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a free hand to the armed forces to take necessary action after the Pulwama terror strike left 40 CRPF personnel dead on February 14, he said.
"The entire nation stands behind the armed forces," he said, outlining various steps by the Indian government after the Pulwama attack.
"Conspirators of the Pulwama attack were killed within 100 hours and Pakistan's 'most favoured nation' status was withdrawn. Besides, 200 per cent duty was imposed (on import of goods from Pakistan), a decision was taken to withdraw the security provided to separatists and it was also decided to stop India's share of water to Pakistan," he said.

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First Published: Feb 26 2019 | 1:50 PM IST

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