ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated that we have always stood for peace and remain ready to move forward to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue.
In a statement on Saturday, the prime minister congratulated the entire nation on the 2nd anniversary of our response to India’s illegal, reckless military adventure of airstrikes against Pakistan on February 27, 2019.
Saluting the armed forces of Pakistan, the prime minister said that we responded with determined resolve at a time and place of our choosing.
The prime minister said that we also demonstrated to the world Pakistan’s responsible behaviour in the face of India’s irresponsible military brinkmanship by returning the captured Indian pilot.
Welcoming the restoration of the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC), the prime minister said that the onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India.
Imran Khan said that India must take the necessary steps to meet the long-standing demand and right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination according to United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is celebrating Surprise Day today on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of Operation Swift Retort to pay tribute to valiant Shaheens’ for their brave defence of the motherland while retaliating to the Indian Air Force (IAF) violation of its sovereign territories on February 27, 2019.
The Operation Swift Retort was a rapid response to the Indian Air Force strike in Balakot obliterating Pakistan’s airspace that had merely harmed a few trees and a wild crow.
The PAF had shot down two Indian fighter jets namely MiG-21 and Su-30 where the former’s pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was caught by the Pakistan army after his safe ejection and falling into the Pakistani side of the Line of Control (LoC).
27 فروری پوری پاکستانی قوم کی سربلندی اور سرفرازی کا دن ہے۔ پاک فضائیہ کے شاہینوں نے شب خون مارنے والے دشمن کو دن میں تارے دکھائے اور پوری قوم کا سر فخر سے بلند کیا۔پاکستان خطے میں امن کا داعی ہے لیکن کسی بھی جارحیت کا منہ توڑ جواب دینے کی بھرپور صلاحیت رکھتا ہے۔
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) February 27, 2021