Of the India/Pakistan clash of February 2019, one main point overlooked by many is that in the early hours of 26th February, the Indian airforce tried to attack the Balakot Seminary, which is a civilian entity with no means of defense or hardened infrastructure. There was no pre-warning of the impending Indian attack and no need or means to monitor any cross border activity. Yet with the element of surprise with both time and place and despite attempting to ingress from several points to confuse the Pakistani defenses, the IAF still failed miserably to execute the mission and had to beat a hasty retreat after firing off weapons into a forested area.....Albeit the IAF totally failed in it's mission to hit the Seminary, none the less it was an act of provocation. Since the Indian defense personal started boasting of going some 50 Kms into Pakistani territory and killing some 300 Militants, the Indians should have naturally expected some form of response from Pakistan, especially after Pak Army spokesperson made it clear that Pakistan will retaliate, and it did within 48 hours by not hitting back at vulnerable Indian Civilian establishments but hardcore Indian Military targets including Indian Army Brigade HQ and Army Supply Depots in broad daylight. The PAF missions were launched in such a decisive manner that even the expecting Indians were in sheer panic sustaining casualties at the hands of both PAF and their own defenses. After this humiliation, some Indian anchors and Think Tanks questioned that since the IAF only targetted some civilian establishment in Pakistan, why did the PAFchose to hit Indian military targets, to which the PAF responded that it was the Indian Military which sought aggression against Pakistan so naturally, it becomes a legitimate target for the PAF.