Twitter account Pakistan Defence posted a tweet at 12.06am on Tuesday night praising the Pakistani Air Force for their alertness. Three and a half hours later, Indian Air Force carried out airstrikes in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunwa in Pakistan. The tweet has gone viral.
Source: INDIA TODAY
At 3.30am on Tuesday morning, India woke up to the news of the Indian Air Force attacking terror camps deep within Khyber Pakhtunwa in Pakistan. Indian Air Force jets crossed the Line of Control, flew into Pakistan and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammad’s biggest terror camp. India’s airstrike came just 12 days after the dastardly terror attack by JeM on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama that left 40 CRPF jawans dead.
In his briefing to the media, foreign secretary VK Gokhale said on Tuesday morning, “Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a pre-emptive strike became absolutely necessary.”
The IAF’s ‘Surgical Strike 2.0’ (as social media is calling the airstrikes of Tuesday morning) left Twitter churning out the best reactions.
But one tweet that put everything else to shame as far as going viral is concerned is a post by a Twitter handle called Pakistan Defence. This fan account dedicated to Pakistan Army tweeted at 12.06am on Tuesday night, “”Sleep tight because PAF is awake.” #PakistanZindabad.”
— Pakistan Defence (@DefencedotPak) February 25, 2019
Three and a half hours later, India had struck Khyber Pakhtunwa.
Twitter of course responded to the tweet by Pakistan Defence in the best way possible: with memes and jokes.
Leading the reactions to the tweet from India was former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Abdullah tweeted, tongue firmly in cheek, “This one will be filed under “tweets we wish we hadn’t put out but can’t delete now”. Don’t worry we all have them just not on this scale perhaps.”
This one will be filed under “tweets we wish we hadn’t put out but can’t delete now”. Don’t worry we all have them just not on this scale perhaps. https://t.co/1VUmwbeUsz
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 26, 2019
Twitter user Sir Jadeja Fan wrote, “Jaag ke kya ukhaad liya?”
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) February 26, 2019
“Is tweet ke 5 min baad PAF wale apna twitter account band karke so gaye,” wrote someone else.
“Puncture ho gaye aaj toh,” read another tweet.
A Twitter user spoke for many people when he wrote, “Irony commited suicide after reading this.. lmao!”
Take a look at some of the best reactions from India:
PAF aircraft… awake… alert…! pic.twitter.com/CATqfYqSBi
— ishan bhardwaj (@ishanKone) February 26, 2019