PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — The National Security Committee meeting chaired by PM Imran Khan Tuesday rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged militant camp near Balakot and resulting casualties. The top civil-military brass said the action “has been done for domestic consumption being an election environment, putting regional peace and stability at grave risk”.
India’s Foreign Secretary VK Gokhale on Tuesday claimed that the country’s air force “struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Balakot”.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Gokhale said “a large number of JeM terrorists were killed”.
“The strike avoided civil casualties,” he alleged.
But Dunya News reporter visited Balakot and its periphery today and confirmed there was no strike nor casualty. It’s business as usual he said.
“Once again Indian government has resorted to a self-serving, reckless and fictitious claim,” a statement issued after the NSC meeting, convened by Imran Khan, in Islamabad said.
According to Express Tribune, Chairman for Center for Research and Security Studies Imtiaz Gul said the veracity of the Indian claims was difficult to ascertain as they issued no visual evidence. He also questioned Ghokhale’s refusal to take questions in the press conference.
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Brigadier (retd) Asad Munir echoed the same opinion. “The IAF should have footage from the aircraft that dropped the bombs – they should release the visuals to back their claim.”
Munir pointed out that even the Indian media was using images shared by ISPR. “Why did their foreign secretary not entertain questions in the press conference? Even the Indian side is confused about the location of the ‘attack’.”
Former director of ‘Sector for Air Power Studies’ Air Commodore Jamal Hussain stressed that if the IAF used Mirage 2000s then they intended to attack. “Mirage 2000 is not used to check response time. They certainly intended to carry out a surgical strike.”
Gul added that the area IAF claims to have targeted was difficult to distinguish. “A Mirage 2000 travels at around 1,680 miles/hour – at this speed, the fighter jet can easily cross into another country’s airspace.”
Observing that the images from the site issued by the ISPR did not show remnants of an explosion, Hussain suggested the possibility that the bomb may have ‘malfunctioned’ or the IAF pilot “may have forgotten to turn off the safety switch before unloading it.”
The government said it will host foreign and local media to inspect the impact site to further its stance. “The claimed area of strike is open for the world to see the facts on ground. For this domestic and international media is being taken to the impact site,” the statement added.
The leadership said that India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing.
PM Imran directed “elements of national power including the Armed Forces and the people of Pakistan to remain prepared for all eventualities.”
He will engage with global leadership to expose irresponsible Indian policy in the region.
The meeting was attended by ministers from Foreign Affairs, Defense, Finance, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee chairman, the COAS, CNS, CAS and other officials from civil and military.