The Pakistani army has taunted India after Union Minister Sushma Swaraj said that no Pakistani citizens or terrorists were killed in the Indian air strikes in Balakot on 26 February. Reacting to her statement, the Pakistani military’s spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor said that the ‘truth’ was ‘finally’ out.
He tweeted, “Finally the truth under ground reality compulsions. Hopefully, so will be about other false Indian claims ie surgical strike 2016, denial of shooting down of 2 IAF jets by PAF and claim about F16. Better late than never (sic).” Ghafoor concluded his tweet with hashtags #TruthPrevails and #PakistanZindabad.
Finally the truth under ground reality compulsions. Hopefully, so will be about other false Indian claims ie surgical strike 2016, denial of shooting down of 2 IAF jets by PAF and claim about F16. Better late than never.#TruthPrevails#PakistanZindabad https://t.co/Kim8CZTdlJ
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) April 18, 2019
Swaraj, according to news agency PTI, had said that India had carried out the air strikes in ‘self-defence.’ “When we carried out air strike across the border after the Pulwama terror attack, we had told the international community that we took that step in self-defence only. We had told the international community that the armed forces were instructed not to harm any Pakistani citizen or its soldier during the strike,” she was quoted as saying.
Swaraj said that the ‘the army told to target only the terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed,’ which had claimed the responsibility for the Pulwama attack. “And, our Army did the same without harming any Pakistani citizen or soldier,” Swaraj added, according to news agency PTI.
The Indian Air Force had carried out the air strikes in Balakot on 26 February, 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 45 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. BJP President Amit Shah had claimed that the air strikes had killed more than 250 terrorists. However, Pakistan has rejected India’s claims. A report by The Wire website had quoted BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tooas saying that the Indian air strikes left 400 casualties in Balakot.