IAF says in 'high state of preparedness' to tackle any threat to national security

File photo: Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 07, 2019, 06.04 PM (IST)

The Indian Air Force on Thursday released a statement maintaining the force's "high state of preparedness" to tackle any threat posed to nation's security. 

In the statement, the IAF noted that it is ready to "proactively engage any perceived threat in the present security scenario". 

"A strict vigil in the skies to detect and thwart any act of aggression from Pakistan Air Force is being maintained," the statement read as reported by news agency ANI. 

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"As per NOTAM No. A0234/19 issued by CAA Pakistan, it has opened their airspace with Oman, Iran, Afghanistan and China only. The eleven entry/exit points located along Indo-Pak airspace boundary are still closed," the statement added. 

Meanwhile, a team of United Nations and World Wildlife Fund will visit Balakot in Pakistan today to take a witness account on the loss of trees in the strikes by India earlier, officials from Pakistan's Ministry of climate change told WION.

Tensions have been high between India and Pakistan after over 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, the responsibility of which has been claimed by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

In retaliation, the Indian Air Force carried out anti-terror strikes at a JeM terror training camp in Pakistan's Balakot last week, in which a large number of terrorists were killed, according to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.