Pakistan has forever been in this denial mode maintaining that there have been no terrorists ever on its soil. Now in what can be seen as a cover-up, spooked by India’s air-strike on terror bases in the country, Pakistan has started a clean-up job, clearing away evidence such as dead bodies and rubbles so that they can deny India’s claims of the latest IAF strike wiping 300 militants in Balakot.
According to reports, the Pakistan Army has cordoned off the 60-acre compound, that is close to an area of 32-34 kilometre radius. No entry or exit of private vehicles are being allowed. According to intelligence inputs, this is a clean-up operation by the Pakistan Army, who is steadily removing all shreds of evidence, which confirmed that there was some kind of a blast.
According to sources the camp which was destroyed in the air strike was the terrorist camp which was made with the help of the Pakistan Army and the ISIS. Since the Pakistan army doesn’t want this information to go out, they have probably been in an urgency to clear all evidence. Pakistan is not allowing the International media to go near the vicinity of the attack, which was a joint base of terror groups, Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaish and the LeT.
In fact, it is quite evident why Pakistan is not choosing to talk about the air strike India executed at the Jaish-e-Mohammad facility in Balakot. If at all Pakistan acknowledges the attack, they know for certain that they become answerable to their public, who will be keen to know Pakistan’ future course of action. Pakistan is aware that they are not sufficiently equipped to answer back to India’s aggression, therefore it has begun this clean-up exercise in desperation.
Pakistan, who had previously denied the 2016 surgical strikes being executed on their soil, have gone into the same denial mode, with Pakistan spokesperson for Pakistan Armed Forces Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor downplaying the air strikes, claiming that Indian aircrafts’ intrusion happened across the LOC in Muzaffarabad Sector within Pakistan occupied Kashmir. He also tried to hide his country’s defence failure by alleging that the ‘payload’ that was dropped by the IAF Mirage-2000 had fallen on the open area, with no damage to infrastructure, neither any casualties.
However, the latest admission by the residents of Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunwa debunks the tenuous defence mounted by the Pakistan armed forces spokesperson. The corroboration from locals also means that the Indian Air Force had crossed the International border for the first time in decades to strike terror targets deep inside Pakistan.
Six different locations in the area spread over 60 acres in Balakot, had been bombarded by the IAF in the early hours of the day. Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighters destroyed multiple terrorist camps deep inside Pakistan to avenge the death of soldiers in the Pulwama terror attack. The Indian Air Force had carried out the pre-emptive attack to destroy the terror camps operated by the proscribed terror outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad. It was reported that the IAF jets had pulverised terror camps in Balakot (Pakistan), Muzaffarabad (PoK) and Chakoti (PoK) in the well-planned strike involving a fleet of IAF jets and other military jets.