Indian Minister after much embarrassment admits no causalities in Balakot strike

RAWALPINDI: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that no Pakistani soldier and citizen died in Balakot airspace violation by India, contradicting earlier claims of 300 casualties.

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Indian media quoted Swaraj as saying, “we had told the international community that the armed forces were instructed not to harm any Pakistani citizen or its soldier during the strike, our Army did the same without harming any Pakistani citizen or soldier.”

Swaraj’s comments contradict earlier tall Indian claims of destroying an alleged terrorist camp while killing up to 300 alleged terrorists in February 26 airstrike at the Pakistani village near Line of Control (LoC).

Pakistan strongly rejected the Indian claims, saying the befitting and timely response of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) forced Indian aircraft to return while dropping their “payload” on a vacant hill slide.

The Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said finally the truth under ground reality compulsions in response to the latest statement by the BJP leader.

In a tweet, DG ISPR said, hopefully, so will be about other false Indian claims i.e surgical strike 2016, denial of shooting down of 2 IAF jets by PAF and claim about F16.

Better late than never, DG ISPR added, #TruthPrevails #PakistanZindabad.

On April 08, Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor said don’t overlook Pakistan’s silence for not drum beating losses on Indian side as repetitions don’t make truth of a lie, in response to an Indian press conference.

In a tweet exposing India’s false claim of shooting down Pakistani F-16s on February 27, DG ISPR said,  “despite claiming possession of evidence on shooting F16, IAF still short of presenting it.”

“Fact is that PAF shot down two IAF jets, wreckage seen on ground by all,” Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor added.

On April 05, Major General Asif Ghafoor called on India to speak the truth after US defense officials debunked India’s claim that it shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet in an aerial dogfight between the two sides in February.

“Allah be praised, truth always prevails,” Major Asif Ghafoor tweeted.

“Time for India to speak truth about false claims & actual losses on their side including the second aircraft shot down by Pakistan. India needs introspection especially over atrocities in IOK.”

“Region needs peace, progress & prosperity,” he added.

In another tweet, DG ISPR posted image of “all four missile seeker heads recovered intact from the wreckage & held” adding, “Pakistan and its professional Armed Forces staying humble by not drum beating.”

“We have more truth on this to share,” ISPR further added.

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