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Feb 2019 Battle: How India Lost Battle, Worldwide Humiliated and Surprised by Pakistan

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It boils down to what you gain. I can sit here claiming victory for a 100 battles, what's the point of it if you didn't get what you want.
Pakistan did gained what it wanted. You were the aggressor and we dragged you to reality. All in all you lost 7 soldiers, 1 Chopper, 2 advanced fighters and lot of lanat from Russians and Israelis whose jets and missile system look thuusss in front of Pakistan.
 

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Hahaha mate ur dilesional. How exactly it was a smart move? Its not like u took azad Kashmir, u just changed status on paper, any past govt could have done that but they didnt, coz they knew the long term repercussions. Kashmir is same as was before that paper work, the diff is that modi even managed to alienate the pro indian kashmiris, mehbooba mufti n abdullah type ppl are also against india now, u lost the support previous govts managed to collect in decades. Its not like Kashmir was on verge of conquest by Pakistan n modi saved it, that moron only made it worst, what kind of idiots r u. Our foreign policy will always include Kashmir, no matter wat, and that really hurts u.
Do u even know what is meaning of taliban coming to power? Are u that dumb to not see? All ur investment in Afghanistan is gone down the drain. PTM is gone and believe me we dnt worry abt balochistan at all coz the RAW networks been disbanded and iran is also reluctant to help u. U need to worry abt Delhi lolz. I do agree with u about fun times ahead, taliban in Afghanistan will boost jihad in Kashmir and else where in india. Just wait n watch.
Look at the numbers dum dum. The past few months only a small number of new militants have joined militancy. The terror groups are either without support or leadership at all. Both Civilian and police death are in single digits. Nobody gave two hoots about what India did in Kashmir, not a single country apart from China, Turks and Malaysia condemned this unilateral action. Not even Arabs who were supposed to be on your side and have been on your side in the past changed their status. UAE went far by calling it an internal issue. Pakistanis still believe the 'world' will take any actions. You need to fight your owns wars, if you can't fight, all you can do is cry on the internet.

Any idiot with half brain would know the status change is not on paper, you can see why Pakistani establishment is running like a headless chicken for the past few months. We don't care who is in support or against us, the muftis and abullahs are without a purpose now. Because you lot don't read enough is no excuse for your idiocy, your establishment knows very well the consequence and is acting on it. If this doesn't matter much, why PDF went apeshit when art 370 was removed?

And do you believe Talibs would support you and bomb all the Indian investments? Talk about being delusional, you have no clue. PTM is far from gone, you were forced to release their leaders just before Afghan peace deal says a lot about who is scared of it. Taliban already gave clear message that they are not going to be used as cannon fodders in any foreign nations. Besides, they are welcome to Kashmir to get shot, it's been a while since Indian army tasted a few Talib blood:D. It's not the 90's, and Kashmiris detest foreign fighters. Go ahead, bring them Afghans.

Pakistan did gained what it wanted. You were the aggressor and we dragged you to reality. All in all you lost 7 soldiers, 1 Chopper, 2 advanced fighters and lot of lanat from Russians and Israelis whose jets and missile system look thuusss in front of Pakistan.
Good thing we are the aggressor. The best thing, we got the support from around the world being the aggressor.
Can't say the same about Pakistan.
 

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Look at the numbers dum dum. The past few months only a small number of new militants have joined militancy. The terror groups are either without support or leadership at all. Both Civilian and police death are in single digits. Nobody gave two hoots about what India did in Kashmir, not a single country apart from China, Turks and Malaysia condemned this unilateral action. Not even Arabs who were supposed to be on your side and have been on your side in the past changed their status. UAE went far by calling it an internal issue. Pakistanis still believe the 'world' will take any actions. You need to fight your owns wars, if you can't fight, all you can do is cry on the internet.

Any idiot with half brain would know the status change is not on paper, you can see why Pakistani establishment is running like a headless chicken for the past few months. We don't care who is in support or against us, the muftis and abullahs are without a purpose now. Because you lot don't read enough is no excuse for your idiocy, your establishment knows very well the consequence and is acting on it. If this doesn't matter much, why PDF went apeshit when art 370 was removed?

And do you believe Talibs would support you and bomb all the Indian investments? Talk about being delusional, you have no clue. PTM is far from gone, you were forced to release their leaders just before Afghan peace deal says a lot about who is scared of it. Taliban already gave clear message that they are not going to be used as cannon fodders in any foreign nations. Besides, they are welcome to Kashmir to get shot, it's been a while since Indian army tasted a few Talib blood:D. It's not the 90's, and Kashmiris detest foreign fighters. Go ahead, bring them Afghans.


Good thing we are the aggressor. The best thing, we got the support from around the world being the aggressor.
Can't say the same about Pakistan.
Yea the number of rats killed is down because u using almost a million soldiers and billions of dollars. Doeant affect us, we can wait, u own the watches, we own the time. So yeah exhaust urself, keep a blackout and cuefew for as long as u can and after that it will just start again. I keep asking u bt u cant answer, what advantage scrapping tht article gave u??? Is anything changed on ground? Or became worse??? See how stupid u ppl are. As far as Pakistan is concerned, u made an illegal move so we made noise, we know it doznt change anything on the ground but why waste an opportunity to expose ur real nazi face?
Could anyone imagine equating india with nazis a few years ago?? Everyone would have laughed but today everyone is Making tht comparison. Dont be fooled by the business support u get from capitalists, that can vanish overnight once they realize india ship is sinking. U morons even alienated ur old trusted ally russia.
Pakistan have helped taliban for decades, heck mullah baradar was in Pakistan protection till recently and released only for negotiations, and yes they will say that just so india doznt go crazy lol. U ppl r too stupid to even see the writing on the wall, india is not even mentioned, ur billions wasted, ur own country is boiling, ppl killing each other based on rwligion, while we enjoy PSL.
 

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Pakistani nation is celebrated 27th Feb as Surprise day to mark last year Air Skirmish between India and Pakistan on LoC. This day is important because it revealed Indian power bluff and also proved PAF’s concepts and capabilities.



Indian leadership achieved political benefit from Balakot strike on 26th but Pakistan responded and achieved strategically
On 26th Feb 2019, Indian Air Force violated Pakistani Air space and droped bombs in forest area of Balakot on pretext of surgical strike against Jaish e Muhammad which according to India was behind Pulwama attack which killed scores of Indian soldiers in IOK on 15 Feb 2019.
IAF named this so called surgical strike as Operation Bander. 12 Mirage 2000 fighters took part in this operation. IAF and Indian media claimed that Indian jets stayed in Pakistani territory for 21 minutes and that IAF striked killed allegedly around 350 militants.

On same day DG ISPR Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor in his press briefing negated all the Indian claims and promised retaliation.
"I said three things: You will never be able to surprise us. We have not been surprised. We were ready, we responded, we denied. I said we will retain the escalation ladder. We have that initiative in our hand," he said

Answer to Operation Bander was necessary and in order to avoid a large conflict it was very important to climb escalation ladder because if Pakistan had failed it would have destroyed credibility of Pakistan’s nuclear Deterrence as it was first Indian strike in area with in main land Pakistan after 1971 war and any weakness would have given wrong signals to enemy.

On February 27, Pakistani planes struck Indian positions across the LoC. This skirmish resulted in an air battle in which the PAF shot down two Indian planes. A MIG-21 was shot down by PAF JF17 Thunder, which fell on the Pakistani side, whereas the other IAF SU 30 fell inside India.
Plan was of two phases.
1. Pakistani Strike near important Indian military targets on LoC for signaling to India that remain in your limit we don’t want escalation but if India want next time PAF will hit the targets and Indian forces will suffer a lot.
2. Ensuring IAF fighters enter the ambush laid by PAF for enemy planes responding to PAF strike and ensuring maximum damage to Jets.
According to Col Pravin Sawhney, Chief Editor Force Magazine in his talk in Military literature festival 2019 held at Chandigarh “ PAF was in full control on 27th Feb. They dropped ordinance in thickly populated and militarized area, ensuring no damage to lives and signalling that they have capacity and capability to inflict punishment but Pakistan dont want escalation but is ready for what India choose ”


Around PAF counter strike Indians shot their own helicopter killing all on board mistaking it as Pakistani helicopter. Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was arrested, but after two days returned as a gesture of Pakistan’s goodwill.
On February 28, New Delhi again threaten Pakistan. This time Indian Security Advisor Ajit Doval threatened to fire 6 missiles on Pakistani targets. Upon which, Pakistan responded by telling New Delhi that “whatever India will do, Pakistan will respond three times to that.”
After the initial bravado by Indian Armed forces and media, things started getting clear. IAF attack on Balakot and claim of hundreds of casualties turned out to be joke. International experts with help of satellite pictures proved that IAF failed to inflict any damage and in fear of PAF ran back dropping munitions in jungle.
IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa in his talk at army literature festival 2019 admitted that IAF was lacking operational data-link (ODL). Indian Military which claims to be network enabled and talk big about “Cold Start Doctrine” failed to display basic network centric capabilities. Dhanoa also admitted technological superiority of PAF.

Colonel Pravin Sawhney, revealed at festival that IAF Su 30’s came back to their bases without facing Pakistan Air Force because they were blinded and their sensors were blocked by better Pakistani counter electronic measures.
India’s claim of shooting F-16 by MIG 21 also became joke of the year. U.S. scholar and academic Christine Fair although know and staunch enemy of Pakistan refuted Indian version in front of senior Indian Military officers by saying They LACK INTEGRITY


Swift retort had strategic effects. It preserved Pakistan’s credible nuclear deterrence and also the respect and honor of the nation.It revealed Indian power bluff and exposed it badly. In words of editor force magazine,
“A senior US diplomat told me after Balakot there is skepticism in US circles if for 30 years they backed the wrong horse”

https://strategicaffairsanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/02/surprize-day-when-indian-power-bluff.html
 

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The Pulwama attack on 14 February 2019 not only led to the deaths of 40 Indian paramilitary personnel but also lobbed Pakistan and India into yet another narrative war – and more ominously, the potential of a real one. Before any investigation was conducted, the Indian military, political leadership, and media began a jingoistic propaganda offensive against their neighbour – stating that Pakistan was behind the attack. Soon after the Pulwama attack, Pakistan and Indian fighter jets were embroiled in a dogfight (details ahead) in which Pakistan destroyed two Indian jets and subsequently captured one pilot, Abhinandan (now released). The article examines the unfolding narrative war brought forth by these events. It primarily deliberates on the role of both countries’ media in said narrative war. The article highlights the distorted and false claims that the Indian media disseminated fervently – their unobjectivity, antagonism, and falsities stemmedfrom the hostility exemplified by their government and military. This aggression was contrasted by the Pakistan media’s focus on objectivity (for the most part), and relatively calmer approach – this stemmed from Imran Khan and the military’s reliance on impartiality, facts, and restraint. As the dust settled, reputable international media outlets who were the de facto adjudicators of this war judged in favour of Pakistan’s official and media narrative to the dismay of New Delhi.

Indian Media & Narrative

The Indian media has a storied propensity for being acrimonious and dispelling exaggerated, distorted, and even false news stories. This is emphatically true in relation to its neighbour, Pakistan. Indian news outlets in their greed to be the first ones to break stores, on many occasions, neglect to fact-check them. For example, in 2017, India Today’s Hindi channel, Aaj Tak, ineffably reported that a fatwa had been issued in Saudi Arabia that men could eat their wives if they were hungry.

The obnoxiously loud anchors and analysts during prime time become even more conspicuous if the news isin relation to Pakistan. Shouting to the audience as if they are hard of hearing, dramatic deliveries of what is supposed to be news, fear mongering, and jingoism are their modus operandi. It is an obsession, which draws massive ratings and revenue for them as it gravitates the Indian masses towards their TV sets. Although, one could label these Bollywood-esque theatrics as innocuous, the hyperbole and outright lying against Pakistan and Muslims is particularly worrisome. Anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim sentiment has erupted since Modi and his RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) affiliated BJP came into power.

Commenting on the Pulwama attack, documentary filmmaker, Sanjay Kak, observes, “Every time an incident like this happens, before the government can respond, before the army can respond, before the military responds, the media immediately jumps the gun, asking for war.” Although, his assertions are valid, but when the government and military did have a chance to respond, they in perennial fashion blamed Pakistan without any investigation. After the Pulwama incident, Al Jazzera conducted a report on the Indian media and noted that especially during prime time, the media “descends into unjournalistic ranting”. For example, after the attack, a popular Indian anchor, Arnab Goswami of Republic TV, proudly said to his viewers, “India wants Pakistan punished. Like you I also want Pakistan punished”. Other anchors were miming similar statements causing a surge in anti-Pakistan sentiments across India. Associate professor, Rohit Chopra, states, “With the exception of a few sane voices, what you have is a completely absurd and very dangerous competitive jingoism that’s perennially on display from all these anchors”. Citing how India’s “media is war-crazy”, Mumbai-based journalist, Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, writes that after the Pulwama attack, the media was “trading journalistic responsibility for tabloid hysterics”. The Indian media tried its best to link Pakistan to Pulwama – they wanted something to gain traction. However, their rushed approach embarrassed them on a myriad of occasions. For example, they claimed Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, a Pakistani cleric who died in 2007, was the mastermind of the attack. Furthermore, media outlets such as India Today, ranted that Rasheed was killed by the Indian army after Pulwama attack, which would be quite a feat. The Indian media and anchors beating on their war drums, became louder and more assertive, clamouring for revenge against a crime that Pakistan had not been implicated of.

This call was answered by the ultra-nationalistic BJP when they launched a “surgical strike” by invading Pakistan’s airspace. They claimed that a terror base was destroyed near Balakot – and with it, 300 or so terrorists were killed. Pakistan agreed that its airspace was violated by Indian jets, however, it apprised that no “terror base” was destroyed and barring from four trees and one injured man, there was no casualty (details ahead). Adopting the Indian official narrative, the Indian media outlets went hysterical with pride and made sure to inculcate this sentiment among its viewership. One news anchor, Gaurav Sawant, tweeted that India should “Strike again & again”. The sanctimonious Indian media in an attempt to validate the “surgical strike” narrative propagated a video of a jet flying as evidence of India’s attack –channels like CNN News 18 ran this footage. Their exuberance was misguided again as the footage, ironically, was of a Pakistani jet flying over Islamabad around 3 years back. Rather than publicly apologising for such sub-standard and yellow journalism, the Indian propaganda machine continued to disseminate animosity and unfounded allegations. The Indian media also began passing off a video game’s footage as the alleged strike on the terror camp. Fortunately, there are some reputable Indian media outlets and fact checkers that did their job and reported that this was from a video game.

Shortly after the Indian incursion into Pakistan’s airspace, the international media shot down the Indian rhetoric. According to the New York Times, the Pakistani narrative was substantiated by two Western security officials and military analysts, who noticed that any terror base in Balakot had long dispersed. Washington Post noted that according to reports from local residents and police officers there was a strike but no signs of mass casualties. The Guardian stated, “The attack was celebrated in India, but it was unclear on Tuesday whether anything significant had been struck by the fighter jets, or whether the operation had been carefully calibrated to ease popular anger over the 14 February suicide bombing…”. Reuters interviewed some local residents about casualties; one of them, Abdur Rasheed, said, “No one died. Only some pine trees died, they were cut down. A crow also died.” Reuters even interviewed a hospital official, Mr Sadique, in the Basic Health Unit, Jaba – he stated, “It is just a lie. It is rubbish. We didn’t receive even a single injured person. Only one person got slightly hurt and he was treated there. Even he wasn’t brought here.” Questions such as “where did the bodies go if there were 300 casualties?” and “where are the destroyed buildings?” proved to negate the Indian state and media’s narrative. The New York Times reported that the Indian side provided no visual evidence of the strikes, while the Pakistani military provided pictures from Balakot showing not much damage. High-resolution satellite images provided by San Francisco-based company, Planet Labs, further revealed to the world that the buildings that were “targeted” were still standing – no scorching or holes or other indicators of an aerial assault were identified. In fact, the satellite images and other evidence provided by Pakistan and the international media has even shown the light to some segments of the Indian media. For example, vis-à-vis the satellite images, The Economic Times (India) reports “The images cast further doubt on statements made over the last eight days by the Indian government of prime minister Narendra Modi…”. Even opposition parties who were supportive of the Indian government initially are now feverishly stating that Modi has provided no proof of any strike.

After the faux surgical strike, Pakistan launched an aerial retaliation, which was previously announced by the Armed Forces, in which fighters locked on to several Indian targets but chose to fire in an empty field to avoid any loss of life. Immediately after this, Pakistani and Indian jets faced each other in a dogfight – the Pakistanis show down two Indian jetsin Pakistani airspace, one of which’s pilot was captured by the country. India conversely acknowledged that they lost a singularMiG-21 Bison and the pilot was in Pakistani hands – but stated that India also downed a Pakistani F-16. Pakistan claimed this as false and asserted that it lost no jets. The international media again heavily leaned towards the Pakistani assertions as India could not provide any proof of their claims while Pakistan did. Pakistan captured the MiG-21’s pilot, wing commander Abhinandan and showed footage of his downed jet – this was more than enough proof to the world that Pakistan was stating facts and won the dogfight. Vis-a-vis the Indian claims that it downed a Pakistani F-16, they were proven to be bogus. Pakistani and Indian Air Force officers (retired and serving) were sceptical that India shot down an F-16 citing that easily accessible evidence such as Abhinandan’s radio transmissions to flight controller, loss of radar blip, and video recording(s) of air-engagement had not been provided. Furthermore, while analysing the Indian media’s picture and video evidence of the alleged downed F-16, it was revealed that the exhaust shown was consistent with an R-25 engine found on a MiG. During a live TV show, an Indian anchor clamoured to the audience and an Indian analyst that the pictures he was displaying were of the downed Pakistani F-16. This immediately backfired when the Indian analyst stated, “I do not think that it is entirely accurate. That part is actually a MiG-21 part.” Moreover, the service hatch on the wreckage showed a “CU” format serial number written, which is used on Indian upgraded MiG-21’s.Quite recently, American scholar, Christine Fair, who is known to be very vocal against Pakistan, stated at the Indian hosted Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh “I say this clearly with 100% certitude that there was no F-16 struck down.I do not believe you did. I believe that my bonafides as a critic of Pakistan stand for itself”. The reason the Indians “needed” there to be a downed F-16 was to save face or otherwise its military capabilities would be exposed. The latter is exactly what transpired – a Foreign Policy article remarked that the dilapidated state of the Indian Air Force was reinforced when Pakistan came out victorious in the dogfight. The New York Times also spelled tragedy for the Indian government and media as it commented that due to Pakistan’s victory over India, questions arise regarding its “vintage” military.

Vis-à-vis the captured pilot, wing commander Abhinandan, even he took a major jab at the Indian media. Before leaving Pakistan, he regretted that the “Indian media always stretches the truth. The smallest of things are presented in a very incendiary manner and people get misled.” Overall, the Indian media, without conducting any research of its own, only mimicked whatever the government told them and ignored any objective voice.

Pakistani Media &Narrative

The Pakistani media is certainly not renowned in the world as the most objective or professional. It feels that their immaturity is on display perennially. Like their Indian counterparts, they too have elements of cheap Bollywood theatrics, overly loud newscasters, and journalists biased towards a specific political party. Their theatrics and unprofessional behaviour include confronting families of victims who died in fresh terror attacks, as well as playing funny background music as a politician slips or forgets what to say. Regrettably and astonishingly, Pakistan has more news channels than entertainment ones. In fact, the news and political discussions have become a form of entertainment for the public and since competition is fierce, this leads to copious amounts of sensationalism and yellow journalism. However, compared to the Indian media, they are not as malevolent, are much calmer, and the jingoism is much more reserved. In Pakistan, none of the media houses promote anti-Indian sentiments as policy, however, conversely, all Indian ones target Pakistan maliciously.

When Indian channels called for violence against Pakistan due to the Pulwama attackand later celebrated the fake “surgical strike 2.0”, the Pakistani media became unhinged. Not to be outdone by its neighbour, the Pakistani media began shouting back and regrettably started to resemble what the Indian media is mostly criticized of. This by no way means that the Pakistani media was as bellicose as India’s but concurrently it was nowhere near an internationally accepted standard of journalism. As one commentator put it, “Don’t get me wrong, the Pakistani talking heads on TV haven’t been showing some sort of graceful etiquette; they just look better in comparison [to India].” Pakistani and Indian media, unlike reputable international media houses, are inherently sentimental and let their feelings of patriotism seep into their reporting – especially in high-tension scenarios. However, unlike the Indians, the Pakistani media generally does not rant on why it should “punish” or “invade” India, even when the BJP-run government has followed a policy of isolating Pakistan and has turned Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) into a battlefield. BJP and Modi have become globally condemned due to their human rights abuses of thousands of Kashmiris, as well as more recently their abrogation of J&K’s special autonomous status which has led to an ongoing curfew and media blackout in the region that has lasted over 100 days. Due to these crimes and the abhorrent conditions faced by other Muslims and minorities in India, the Pakistani media can be considered anti-BJP, but not anti-India (as most call for dialogue).

When faced against the onslaught by the Indian media vis-à-vis the Pulwama incident, the Indian incursion, and the dogfight, the Pakistani media became more hostile than its default setting and attacked India’s narrative. As tensions rose, Pakistani news was laden with “patriotism” and talk show hosts donned military uniforms to ensure there was no doubt who they were supporting. Backgrounds of jets flying and tanks firing were displayed virtually in some TV studios with anchors in the foreground talking brashly about the Pakistani Armed Forces. Indian journalist Salil Tripathi condemned both nations’ media stating “Not one of the fulminating television-news anchors exhibited the criticality demanded of their profession”. During this time, the Pakistani media became rather belligerent even if it was not turned up to full volume like India. Arguing the same, BBC correspondent, Secunder Kermani, stated that where the Indian anchors were demanding military action, Pakistani journalists “were more restrained, with many mocking what they called the ‘war mongering and hysteria’ across the border.” The preceding is true as many Pakistani anchors did try to tone down tensions and called for calm (albeit while supporting their country). A media analyst stated that in comparison, the Pakistani media played “peace monger as opposed to a war monger” role. A media outlet reported, “As opposed to the rabble-rousing, baying-for-blood Indian media, their Pakistani counterparts have been, barring certain exceptions, relatively more muted.”

When the Pulwama event unfolded, the Indian state and media (as mentioned) attacked Pakistan without any evidence. Pakistani media began by fact checking Indian claims and disproving Indian falsities around the Pulwama attack. The media scoffed and invalidated the Indian media’s claims that the already deceased Ghazi Abdul Rasheed was involved in the Pulwama attack. The Pakistani state and media narrative emphasized that the Pulwama attack was an Indian security lapse. During this time, the Pakistani media remained relatively composed. They did, however, become gaudier when India entered Pakistani airspace and claimed that 200-300 terrorists were killed, but still things remained in control. During this incident, the Pakistani media refuted that 200-300 people died by providing pictures of the bombed site that were made public by the Armed Forces’ media wing, ISPR (Inter Services Public Relations). The ISPR was in fact the raison d’être why Pakistan’s narrative was victorious with even retired Indian generals, Syed Ata and Rajesh Pant, stating that the ISPR played a masterstroke. In their ambitious endeavours to disprove Indian propaganda, some Pakistani journalists went to investigate the actual site that was bombed (Jaba, near Balakot) – a sagacious move on their part. Well-known Pakistani journalist, Arshad Sharif of ARY News, trekked at night with his media team and showed, live on a program, the craters where Indian bombs fell. Out of breath, he went inside one of the craters and stated, “This crater’s depth is around 4 feet and the width is around 6 feet when the Indians claim they dropped a 1,000 kilogram bomb.” As mentioned before, the Pakistani narrative was later substantiated by the international press (especially when the ISPR and the military escorted them to the bombed site). The Independent stated “The ‘300-400 terrorists’ supposedly eliminated by the Israeli-manufactured and Israeli-supplied GPS-guided bombs may turn out to be little more than rocks and trees” while villagers pointed to Reuters that besides four bomb craters and some broken pine trees, there was “little other impact from the series of explosions”.

When Pakistan retaliated the next day against the Indian incursion (which led to the dogfight), the Pakistani media began plummeting down akin to the Indian MiG. After the Pakistani military confirmed in a press conference that they downed two Indian jets, journalists present started yelling “Pakistan Zindabad” (Long Live Pakistan). Due to the hysteria of winning the dogfight and capturing an Indian pilot, the media trapped itself several times by airing incorrect pictures and videos. India’s fact-checking website Alt News, was a breath of fresh air as they exposed fake news coming from both countries.For example, Alt News debunked a picture of a shot down plane aired by ARY News who claimed it to be the one downed by Pakistan, when it was in reality a MiG-27 that crashed into a building in India in 2016.

After capturing the pilot, the Pakistani media became conceited – craving further Indian embarrassments, they displayed fake news about the Indian Armed Forces. For example, Pakistani channel, AbbTakk, ran the news: “21 Sikh Regiment Refused To Fight For India” – claiming that Indian Sikh soldiers had refused to fight against Pakistan. The picture was photoshopped and made its way from social media to Abb Takk. There should have been an apology for running such bewildering statements but none could be found. Furthermore, a few days after the dogfight, there was huge news in Pakistan that India sacked its air marshal, Hari Kumar, when in reality he retired after a 39-year long career. The lack of investigation by some Pakistani channels in airing stories often mirrored the lack of checks-and-balances present while sharing information on social media. Besides these three examples, however, there was not much fake news circulating around unlike on the Indian side. Vis-à-vis the Indian pilot, Pakistan’s media aired the video of him sipping tea and extolling the professionalism of the Pakistani Armed Forces. This footage was obviously a feel-good moment for the country and the media and was soreplayed continuously. The pilot expressed that he was treated well and that he would not change his statement when released – which he has not still.

Conclusion

Overall, as commentators stated, the Pakistani media was not as egregious as the Indian media. The main reason for this, despite issues with unprofessionalism and some instances of fake news, was the media’s general reliance on reporting the truth regarding events unfolded. The Pakistani media shared real images of the bombed site in Jaba, went there to investigate, debunked various Indian lies, and continually perpetuated Imran Khan’s message of dialogue and peace. They came off relatively more mature due to Pakistan’s government and its armed forces (via ISPR)calling for restraint. Imran Khan even released the captured pilot as a symbol of goodwill while calling for dialogue. Furthermore, since the media relied on the Pakistani government and the ISPR’s version of the events – which were based on impartiality and facts – they came out looking more trustworthy. The reverse was true for the Indian media as their narrative was based on speculation and lies stemming from the bellicose Indian government and in reporting this version, their media was exposed ad nauseam for lying. Media analyst Adnan Rehman stated that the Pakistani officials who continuously warned against escalation inspired the “peace monger role” of the Pakistani media. While both countries’ media need drastic reforms and a professional makeover, in this war Pakistan not only downed two Indian jets, but also downed India’s biased narrative.

https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2020/02/...how-india-lost-the-narrative-war-to-pakistan/

At last, we are now making some headway to assert our narrative and taking Indians lies head on. We need to do that more often at different levels internationally.

There is lack of Pakistani narratives in the international media. For far too long Pakistan had been dwarfed by Indian's propaganda. We have to counter it. We have too many tools to do it. The facts are all in our favour, we just have to be more articulate and the world would listen to us.

when Indians lie so stupidly this is what happens
 

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