‘Next time, the damage we do to India will be too big to measure’

"Sleep tight, we are awake"--Squadron Leader Hassan Siddiqui to the nation

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ISLAMABAD: If provoked, then the damage we inflict on India the next time will be too hard to measure, said Squadron Leader Hassan Siddiqui, on Saturday.

In an event held to honour the heroes who shot down two Indian airplanes on February 27, Wing Commander Noman and Squadron Leader Hassan were present on the occasion to talk about the day they destroyed two Indian airplanes.

“The IAF intruded into our airspace and carried out a cowardly attack in the dead of night,” he said. “They ran away in panic after we scrambled our jets.”

Wing Commander Noman said that the PAF engaged the targets the very next day successfully.

“Alhamdulillah, with the grace of God, we showed them what the Pakistani nation and the Pakistani Air Force are,” he said, to thunderous applause.

Wing Commander Noman said that his pilots were ever-ready to shoot down the IAF jets and they did so when the opportunity presented itself.

“As soon as they crossed over the Line of Control (LoC), we didn’t waver in shooting our missiles at them,” he said.

Squadron Leader Hassan Siddiqui warned the Indians that if they ever dared to attack Pakistan, the consequences would be too disastrous for them.

“The damage we will inflict on you will be too big to measure,” he said, as the audience roared.

When asked if there was a message to the nation, the squadron leader said:”Sleep tight, we are awake”.

On February 27, the PAF shot down two IAF jets that had intruded into Pakistan’s airspace. One jet was shot down in Azad Kashmir while the other was downed in occupied Kashmir.

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was taken into custody by Pakistan’s armed forces after his MiG-21 Bison aircraft was shot down.

Prime Minister Imran Khan announced Abhinandan’s release, claiming that it was a ‘gesture of peace’ towards India.
Abhinandan was released 68 hours later to India through the Wagah border.