RAWALPINDI: Hours after Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s admission that no Pakistani was killed in Balakot strike, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor attacked Indian false claims.
Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted, “Finally the truth underground 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).”
Earlier addressing women party workers in Ahmedabad, the Union minister said Indian military was given a “free hand” in the operation but was clearly told that no Pakistani civilian should be killed and also there be “not even a scratch” on the Pakistani army.
Swaraj’s comment comes in contrast to several reports that have quoted top government sources as saying that the Indian Air Force air strike in the town of Balakot killed about 300 militants.
The IAF had struck a Jaish-e-Mohammad training camp in Pakistan on February 26, in response to the February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Swaraj said the air strike was carried out in self-defence. “When we carried out the air strike, we had told the international community that we took the step only in self-defence,” she said.