Don’t compare match with strikes: DG ISPR responds to Indian minister

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Monday responded to Indian Home Minister Amit Shah’s congratulatory message to the Indian cricket team after their win over Pakistan in the World Cup clash, in which he said: “Another strike on Pakistan by Team India and the result is same.”

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“Congratulations to the entire team for this superb performance. Every Indian is feeling proud and celebrating this impressive win,” wrote Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president in a tweet on Sunday.

Shah was referring to the in-flight tiff between the two neighbouring countries in February, which happened after Indian aircraft on Feb 26 carried out an airstrike allegedly targeting a “terrorist training camp” in Pakistan.

Suspicion has been cast over the claimed success of India’s airstrike, which Shah had claimed killed 250 — a figure that the Indian Air Force later detached itself from.

Pakistan has refuted the Indian claim of casualties and damages due to the airstrike. Independent journalists from all over the world who were invited to visit the site also found no evidence of a terrorist training camp or of any infrastructure damage.

Maj Gen Ghafoor responded on Monday to Shah’s tweet on his personal twitter account saying, “two things with different denominators can’t be compared, so are strikes and match.”

He said, “if in doubt please see results of our Nowshera counter strikes and response to IAF [Indian Air Force] violation on 27 Feb 19 downing two Indian jets.”

DG ISPR ended his tweet with, “Stay Surprised.”

Following India’s airstrike on Feb 26, the DG ISPR had held a press conference on the same day to discredit India’s claims on the Line of Control (LoC) violation, saying, “today, the prime minister has asked everyone to get ready for every eventuality. We are all ready. Now it is time for India to wait for our response.”

“I said that we will surprise you. Wait for that surprise,” he had added. The following day, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had announced that its jets had flown into occupied Kashmir to exhibit its capability to respond to Indian aggression, locked on to military targets, and then spared them.

PAF later shoot down two Indian aircraft trespassing into Pakistani territory when they tried to chase Pakistani jets. PAF also captured an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot named Abhinandan Varthaman who was later released as a “peace gesture” by the Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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