PESHAWAR: Days after militants had stormed an air force camp in Badhaber, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman visited the camp on Monday. He noted that the courage and valour shown by troops during the attack meant that no one could defeat Pakistani nation.
“Our spirit is the same (as before the attack) and our response would also be the same,” ACM Aman said, adding that “it should be crystal clear to everyone that no one can defeat this nation."
As many as 14 attackers had stormed the camp before dawn last Friday. By the time the situation was controlled through a joint action of the air force and the army, 43 people had been killed, including the attackers.
While visiting the PAF camp, the air chief lauded the response of soldiers who had fought the attackers, a press statement said. ACM Aman had also visited the camp on Friday after the attack.
“I am immensely proud that no one hesitated for a second to fight against the assailants,” he said. "They (air force and army) completed this operation with sound professionalism and unwavering commitment".
He hailed the coordinated effort between the PAF, army and local law enforcement agencies during the attack. Prayers were offered for those who were killed in the attack.
ACM Aman added that the young terrorists involved had been brainwashed and that they had been used as a tool by the enemy to harm Pakistan.
"Our adversaries shouldn’t have any doubts that we would ever allow them to succeed in their nefarious designs," he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2015.
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