Nation is proud of its brave soldiers for neutralising terrorists: Rajnath

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday congratulated the armed forces for successfully neutralising all the five terrorists in Pathankot Operation.

“I congratulate our armed forces and other security forces on successfully neutralising all the five terrorists in ‘Pathankot Operation. Nation is proud of its brave security forces who have always rose to the occasion. I salute our forces on successful operation in Pathankot,” Singh tweeted.

Rajnath also expressed condolences to the deceased family.

Earlier in the day while speaking to exclusively to ANI, Rajnath condemned the attack and said that the Army, the National Security Guard (NSG) and the Punjab Police were giving a befitting reply in the operation underway in Pathankot.

“Pakistan is our neighbour and we want to have good relations with them including all our other neighbours as well,” the Home Minister said when asked if this will hamper the peace process initiated by India with Pakistan.

However, he added that India would not show mercy to anyone who threatens the safety of the nation.

“We have also lost security personnel in Pathankot attack. My heartfelt condolences to their families. We can never forget their sacrifice,” he said.

Eight people including three security personnel were killed in a militant attack at Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot District of Punjab on Saturday.

At least five militants barged into the air base at around 03:00 am and started indiscriminate firing. Though no militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far but local media reports said that the militants are operatives of Pakistan- based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Gun shots could be heard at around 11:00 am after a brief lull as security personnel conducted combing operation in the premises. (ANI)