Mysuru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said "enemies of humanity" who could not digest India's progress carried out the attack in Pathankot.
Modi assured that the defence forces had the strength to defeat "the evil designs of our enemy."
"...Our security forces did not let them succeed: Proud of our jawans and security forces," he said here, referring to Pakistani terrorists'pre-dawn strike at the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab.
The fierce gunbattle claimed the lives of three securitymen, while five infiltrators were killed, with the terror strike coming days after Modi's surprise stopover in Lahore in signs of thawing of relations with Pakistan.
"Today, enemies of humanity who can't see India progress tried to strike at our strategic area, a prominent airbase at Pathankot. I appreciate our armed forces and thank them for foiling our enemy's attempt," Modi said, adding "our security forces did not let them succeed."
"I want to assure our countrymen that our armed forces have the strength to defeat the evil designs of our enemy," he said.
Congratulating the armed forces "who are always ready to protect the country", he said if the country speaks out with unity, the "illwill of our enemies will get destroyed."
"I feel proud of our armed forces", said the Prime Minister in his speech at the birth centenary celebrations of Dr.Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji of Suttur Mutt which runs a string of educational institutions benefitting nearly a lakh students.