DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor commented on Rafale ‘puja’ conducted by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. In a tweet posted on Thursday, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Army expressed reverence for the religious ritual followed by Mr. Singh, giving a coherent message to the memesters who mocked Indian minister for baptizing Rafale Fighter jet to protect it from the evil eye.
Nothing wrong in #RafalePuja as it goes by the religion and that must be respected.
Please remember….it’s not the machine alone which matters but competence, passion & resolve of the men handling that machine.
Proud of our PAF Shaheens.#PAFtheMenAtTheirBest— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) October 10, 2019
He, however, schooled Indians that the potential of the weapon hinges on the skills of the men using it. Hence, weapons alone cannot inflict damage to the foes. He hailed the proficient officers of Pakistan Air Force in his tweet, as competent, passionate, and strong-willed personnel.
The Pakistani social media users, however, continued to mock Indian Air Force for its incapability in confronting Pakistan Air Force in air combat earlier this year. Moreover, the recent admission of newly-sworn in Indian Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, over unpreparedness to combat Pakistan further added fuel to fire.
Meanwhile, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh left the millions of Twitter users amused after his video of performing a religious ritual (Puja) before Rafale jet in France circulated on social media.
Indian minister Singh was snapped performing Shashtra Puja reportedly for the protection of Rafale jets and securing it from the evil/bad eye as per Indian traditions. He performed the Shashtra Puja at the Merignac airbase near the city of Bordeaux in France, where he received the first of the French-made Rafale fighter jets.
His religious ritual attracted attention on social media with many praising him for sticking to his religious belief. But memesters on social media had a field day posting their wittiest comments on the home minister’s decision to offer coconut, place lemons under tires and draw the symbol of ‘Om’ on the Rafale jet.
A few netizens raised pertinent questions of enforcing Hindu traditions for a state-level activity when India is a secular country.