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Web Desk
February 26, 2020

Pakistan celebrates anniversary of Operation Swift Retort as PAF lauded for downing Indian aircraft


Web Desk
Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Photo: The News/via screengrab

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan held a ceremony on Wednesday to commemorate Operation Swift Retort, in which an Indian jet was shot down in February 2019 — an act showing Pakistan's prowess against any act of aggression from India.

PM Imran was the chief guest of the event held at the Prime Minister's Office to honour the operation by the air force.

The prime minister addressed the gathering, where he praised the Pakistani nation for dealing with the crisis sensibly.

“Our media showed maturity, if you contrast it to what was happening in India and how their media and politicians reacted,” said the premier regarding the incident.

Recalling the ongoing political situation back then, PM Imran said that Pakistan knew that India will resort to some action after the Pulwama incident. He added that the intelligence reports had apprised him of the situation and that the country was ready for anything at that time.

While referring to the ongoing violence in New Delhi against Muslims, he said that the Indian measures will push India towards destruction and it will be equally harmful for the region.

The prime minister appealed to the international community to intervene, saying that he has been apprising the global community regarding the atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir since last year.

Qureshi praises PAF

Earlier, FM Qureshi addressed the ceremony held at the anniversary of the event, where Prime Minister Imran Khan was the chief guest.

“My first message to our eastern neighbour is that do not think of any ill-considered misadventure, because if you do, we will respond and respond immediately, as it is our right to self-defence,” he said while lauding the PAF.

Reiterating Pakistan's inclination towards regional peace, the foreign minister said that the country wants peaceful relations with its neighbours.

Speaking on the ongoing Afghan peace process, the foreign minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is always of the view that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict.

FM Qureshi said that Pakistan facilitated the peace process in Afghanistan and is being recognised for it now.

"Pakistan is a strong advocate for an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue as soon as the peace agreement is signed in Doha," he added.

FM Qureshi slammed India, saying that it has imposed restrictions in Kashmir, claiming it an internal matter.

He said that UN’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres negated this claim here in Islamabad.

On Monday, the PAF released a new song to mark the first anniversary of the downing of Indian jets.

The song ‘Allah o Akbar’ has been sung by the singer Shuja Haider and honours the bravery of Sherdils. Last year, Pakistan also put on display a statue of an Indian pilot whose plane was shot down on February 27, 2019.

The life-sized statue of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman — complete with his signature moustache — had been installed in an exhibit at a museum in Karachi run by PAF.

The Indian Wing Commander was later released by Pakistan under a peace gesture by Prime Minister Imran Khan.