West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday came out to openly demand proof for the air strikes that the Indian Airforce claimed of carrying out on the the terrorist training camps in Pakistan. Her questions were straight and categorical, “I read in the international media that the bombs landed somewhere else. How many actually perished? Or, did anyone at all?”
Banerjee was openly supporting the propaganda that was being spread by the Pakistani media, and a section of Western Media since Tuesday morning. Anyone who follows defence or geo politics, would know that such propaganda and counter propaganda are nothing but normal in war-like situations.
But the unfortunate part is that our own countrymen, our own leaders are finding the propaganda of an enemy nation to be more reliable than the official statements of our government and Airforce. What is even more unfortunate that even a reiteration by the Armed forces that evidences of their exploits are available, couldn’t satisfy the band of politicians, who have serious trust issues with their own country.
The evidences of the air strikes are with the Government, and as the Vice Air Marshall RGK Kapoor said, it is upto to them on if and when to share them with public. However, this does not mean that there are any derth of evidences, already available in public space.
We in this articles intend to compile all the available evidences, which indicate that Indian Airforce did not only intrude inside Pakistani airspace and fired missiles, but also inflicted heavy damages and caused significant casualties. The rest would be left with the readers to decide.
Evidence #1: Pakistan’s habit of disowning its dead (analogical evidence)
Before we move on to more solid and undeniable set of evidences, let us look at the analogical evidence. This is a kind of evidence, in which parallels are drawn between two similar incidents to reach to a conclusion.
Pakistan is a country, where people have more faith on the military than their democratic system and government. Because of this, the establishment in Pakistan is very sensitive about protecting the “larger than life” image of its army. To protect this image, the system of Pakistan which compromises of Government, media and Army, would go to any extent. Pakistan has a long history of disowning and denying casualties on its part.
In 1999, Pakistan had disowned 453 of their dead soldiers, only to protect the army’s image. This led to widespread protests from the families of the dead soldiers. It took Pakistan eleven years to acknowledge that 453 of their soldiers were martyred during the war. Captain Karnal Sher and Havildar Lalak Jan, who were both killed on 7 July, 1999, were awarded Pakistan’s highest honour, the Nishan-e-Haider, but were not acknowledged as Kargil war casualties until November 2010.
Is it really that hard to believe that a country which can even disown honourable soldiers, would deny the deaths of some terrorists?
Evidence #2: Pakistan’s desperation (circumstantial evidence)
Ever since Indian Airforce carried out the infamous strikes, Pakistan has been acting desperately. They made several attempts to intrude inside the Indian airspace and inflict damage on our military facilities. This despite the fact that according to Pakistan’s version, Indian Airforce only bombed some “trees.” Are we supposed to believe that Pakistan is so desperately firing expensive missiles such as the AMRAAM, only to avenge some trees?
Evidence #3: Confession of Pakistan’s railway Minister.
According to Pakistan, Indian Airforce dropped their missiles in an empty land which had a only a few trees and nothing else. However, within two days all of a sudden, a Madrasa run by “Azhar saab” mushroomed at the site of strikes. Pakistan’s Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid, on record, inside the parliament of the country said that Indian strikes destroyed a Madrasa which was being run by Jaish-e-Mohammad supremo Maulana Masood Azhar.
Pakistan Rail Minister Sheikh Rashid says in Parliament of Pakistan, that 14 IAF Aircraft entered Pakistan territory &Targeted Madrasa of Masood Azhar.
Thanks to Sheikh Rashid for Farting on the Faces of India's Fake Media & Anti National Politicians.@TarekFatah @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/6Sm6Y8IzZQ
— Devdutta Maji (@MajiDevDutta) March 1, 2019
Evidence #4: Jaish-e-mohammed’s acceptance of Indian strikes on its training camp
In an audio clip of a sermon in Pakistan, an unidentified person, whom many suggested to be a leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammad and a relative to Masood Azhar, is heard saying that Indian planes bombed their training facility. The voice in the audio is heard saying that Indian planes bombed the place where Kashmiri Muslims used to be given training of Jihad.
#Exclusive: In a sermon in #Pakistan, #JaisheMohammad leader accepts Indian planes were targeting their center in #Balakot. He criticizes @ImranKhanPTI for releasing #IndianAirForce pilot #Abhinandhan. He also calls Pakistanis for joining #jihad in Indian-administered #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/j4pQ4WG96T
— Taha Siddiqui (@TahaSSiddiqui) March 2, 2019
Evidence #5: Francesca Marino’s report
According to Italian Journalist, Francesca Marino, atleast 40-50 men living in a Jaish-e-mohammed terror facility in Pakistan, died in the strikes launched by Indian Airforce. According to the journalist, she received 100% confirmed inputs from trustworthy sources in the area. The sources, who work for local government authorities, declined to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to media, and said they feared reprisal. The eyewitnesses were contacted by this correspondent using encrypted communication.
“Local authorities reached the site soon after the bombing,” one witness said, “but the area had already been cordoned off by then by the army, who did not even allow police to enter. The army also took away mobile phones from the medical staff on the ambulances.”
A former Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officer known locally as “Colonel Salim” was killed in the bombing, sources said, while a “Colonel Zarar Zakri” was injured. Mufti Moeen, a Jaish-e-Muhammad instructor from Peshawar, and improvised explosive device-fabrication expert Usman Ghani were also killed in the bombing.
Here we presented all the evidences that are currently available at the public space, before our readers. The rest is upto them to decide.