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Balakot airstrike was our leadership's resolve to punish perpetrators of terrorism: IAF Chief 

IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Oct 08, 2019, 10.07 AM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Tuesday called the present security environment in the neighbourhood is "a serious cause of concern". 

Speaking on the Air Force Day, Bhaduria said that the "Pulwama attack is a stark reminder of the persistent threat to defence installations".

On Balakot airstrike carried by the Air Force on terror camps in Pakistan, Bhaduria said that it was the political leadership's resolve to "punish perpetrators of terrorism", adding that "there is a major shift in government's way of handling terrorist attacks".

On the occasion of Indian Air Force's 87th founding day, the Air chief said that the force is "grateful for nation's trust and confidence in us and the support provided". 

"On behalf of all air warriors, I assure the nation of our sacred resolve, defending the sovereignty of our skies and safeguarding our national interest at all cost," he added. 

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As the country celebrates Indian Force Day, Chiefs of three services, Army Chief Bipin Rawat, Indian Air Force Chief, RKS Bhadauria and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh paid their tributes at the National War Memorial on the 87th Indian Air Force Day.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed gratitude to the "air warriors and their families" on the occasion of Air Force Day. Modi said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) continues to serve the country with "utmost dedication and excellence".

"Today, on Air Force Day, a proud nation expresses gratitude to our air warriors and their families. The Indian Air Force continues to serve India with utmost dedication and excellence," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

He also shared a video showcasing various accomplishments of the Indian Air Force.

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In the video, the Prime Minister lauded the IAF for its bravery and strength.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter and wrote, "Greetings to all Indian Air Force personnel and their families on the 87th IAF Day. The IAF is the shining example of exemplary courage, fortitude, determination and impeccable service to our nation. These men and women in Blue have the ability to touch the sky with grit and glory."

The Indian Air Force also extended its "heartfelt greetings to the courageous air-warriors and their families."

"The courage, valour, commitment, dedication and zeal are an inspiration for all," IAF tweeted.

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Speaking on the Air Force Day, Bhaduria said that the 'Pulwama attack is a stark reminder of the persistent threat to defence installations'.