Surgical strikes against Pakistani terrorists have been happening for a long time by India. What used to be clandestine operations are now publicised by the present government. What brought about this change?
Surgical strikes against Pakistani terrorists have been happening for a long time by India.
There is no tangible evidence (other than some movie clips released by Indian government whose authenticity could not be verified independently) that India conducted any surgical strike in Pakistani soil in 2016. That was a domestic propaganda made by BJP government for domestic consumption to quench the thirst of jingoist supporters and "Hindutva" activists aka "Bhakts" of BJP. To support my argument, if there were any, Pakistan would have shot down Indian rotary aircraft (shown in the fake video) by then like what they did in 27th February 2019.
On 29 September 2016 Indian government claimed that they conducted a 'Surgical Strike' (military operation) across the Western border with Pakistan.
- Pakistan military rejected the claim instantaneously.
- UN observers rejected the claim.
- There were inconsistencies in the narrative from various Indian state institutions.
- Some international media (BBC, The Diplomat) threw doubts against the claim.
- Former BSF soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav who was dismissed from BSF for exposing BSF's corruption on the Facebook rejected the government's claim as he was stationed in that location during the incident.
Now, come to the incident of 2019.
First, take a look at this press briefing on 26th February 2019. The spokesperson reads out a pre-written statement and hastily leaves the podium without taking any question from the journalists. This proves that, that guy was not prepared to answer arbitrary questions which proves that the incident was fake.
This never happens in case of any important incident like cross border attacks around the world. In case of any such incident, government spokespersons generally hold long media briefings because of public and media curiosity.
Also, there was a stark difference between Pakistani and Indian way of narrating things. Whenever Pakistani side (DG ISPR) came up with any new development, they regularly either tweeted along with relevant photos or held media briefing. There were no such signs visible in the Indian camp. Especially, when Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian jet, it seemed like the PM, ministers, and BJP leaders, who were vociferous thus far, went to hibernation which was pointed out in the media.
On the same day, India claimed that they shot down a Pakistani F-16. In the video it could be seen that, during the press briefing, before reading out the statement, the spokes person of Indian Ministry of External Affairs, said
"Namashkar! Good afternoon! I welcome you all to this media briefing. I am joined by Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor. I will read out a prepared statement on recent developments on India-Pakistan front. We will not take any questions after my statement. ..."
while the assistant chief of Air Staff of the IAF Air Vive Marshal RGK Kapoor was sitting completely silent. Also, reading a prepared statement, and not taking questions afterwards seemed to be fishy.
"... apart from that, I was watching Indian media said that they too shot down one of the F-16s of Pakistan. First thing to say is, Pakistan has not used any F-16 particularly in this entire action, or there is no such news that any of the Pakistan's jets were down. Now let us talk about...".
After more than 32 hours of the original incident, at the evening of the next day, 28th February 2019, India showed a wreckage of, allegedly, an AIM-120C5 AMRAAM missile. RGK Kapoor was seen reading out from a pre-prepared written statement. Also, personnel from one of the Indian ministries was seen to be administering the event.
Now, come to the following links. They supply enough evidences to prove that the "killing of 300-400" terrorists was false.
- Satellite Images Of Unharmed JeM Madrassa Casts Doubts On India's Air Strike
- Satellite Images Show Madrasa Buildings Still Standing at Scene of Indian Bombing
300 dead bodies are no joke. It takes time and manpower to cover up those evidences, and certainly impossible to cover up in a few hours. In the mean time domestic and international media would certainly flock to go there to have a glimpse of the incident. I am not even bringing the issue of smart-phone recordings. So, the news would be out in the open in a few hours.
So, in essence, this is just a domestic propaganda made by BJP government for domestic consumption to quench the thirst of jingoist supporters and "Hindutva" activists aka "Bhakts" of BJP.
What used to be clandestine operations are now publicized by the present government. What brought about this change?
2016's fake surgical strike was also vehemently publicized. So, that is not a new phenomenon. The 2019's fake surgical strike was publicized due to the coming election in April 2019.
Generally what happens in such cases in India that, government and media collaboration instantly gives rise to misinformation and extrapolation. The extrapolation generally starts or ends with " ... sources said ..." when no further information is given regarding the source in question, like in the following link:
- JeM terrorists were ‘sleeping’ at Balakot camp, Pakistan authorities were 'clueless' about IAF strike: Sources
In the wake of deteriorating public support and corruption issues, Modi wanted to show something very charismatic which unfortunately backfired.
This article lays out the reason it's making headlines:
While exchanges of artillery and light weapons over the line are very common, intentional incursions by aircraft have not been publicly acknowledged since the two countries fought a war in 1971.