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emranabbas
27th February 2019, 19:23
WASHINGTON: An expert for the world’s most recognised defence monitoring media outlet, Jane’s Information Group, on Tuesday questioned India’s claim that it has destroyed a major militant camp near the Line of Control (LoC) and killed more than 350 people.

“What they hit is speculation for now — they say they hit a terrorist camp, but a lot of intelligence sources say those camps in Pakistan had been cleaned out in recent days,” Rahul Bedi, an analyst for the London-based group, told The New York Times.

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“This is more political symbolism than anything else. [Indian Prime Minister Narendra] Modi had to show some demonstrable action on India’s part, ahead of elections.”

Mr Bedi warned that the “Pakistanis are bound to react, conventionally and not through a proxy like a militant group. Where they react and when is something that only Pakistanis know. This is a dangerous situation, as this brinkmanship can escalate quickly.”

The New York Times also quoted analysts and diplomats in New Delhi as telling its correspondent that the targets of the Indian air strikes were unclear, “as any terrorist groups operating along the border would have cleared out in recent days after Prime Minister Modi vowed retaliation over the Kashmir attack”.

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Another major international media outlet, BBC, carried a report based on interviews with local residents in Jabba, Balakot, who said that they heard five big explosions late at night. They said that some huts were hit and trees uprooted but no one was killed in the attack.

“It’s unclear 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 without drawing a major Pakistani reprisal,” asked The Guardian, London.

The newspaper also noted that “Balakot is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” about 80 kilometres from the LoC and well into accepted Pakistan territory.

“An attack there would represent an escalation from previous Indian reprisals,” it added.

CNN noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan had promised to retaliate against India in case of any misadventure after the suicide attack in Pulwama

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troodon
27th February 2019, 19:32
Until India shows proof, there will always be questions on the claims made by Modi.

Elections are near and Modi needed to show that he is a man of action and not just threats.

Overall, so far, I feel Modi did more harm to his reputation than gain any. Now with a captured Pilot, India might not be in a position to show further aggression.

PakLFC
27th February 2019, 22:10
If so many people have been killed then there must be evidence provided to support it. Even terrorists have families who should be crying over them. I am seeing nothing at all.

aloo paratha
27th February 2019, 22:11
Anybody with half a brain would question it.

Bilal7
27th February 2019, 22:28
Until India shows proof, there will always be questions on the claims made by Modi.

Elections are near and Modi needed to show that he is a man of action and not just threats.

Overall, so far, I feel Modi did more harm to his reputation than gain any. Now with a captured Pilot, India might not be in a position to show further aggression.

Completely right on all accounts. Has the narrative changed at all in India or is this fake news still making the rounds, unquestioned?

PakLFC
27th February 2019, 22:28
The problem of being hyper nationalistic is one loses rational thinking. That is the case with Indian people here.

cricketjoshila
27th February 2019, 22:34
Until India shows proof, there will always be questions on the claims made by Modi.

Elections are near and Modi needed to show that he is a man of action and not just threats.

Overall, so far, I feel Modi did more harm to his reputation than gain any. Now with a captured Pilot, India might not be in a position to show further aggression.

PoWs doesnot mean countries back down.


In two days what is our casualty? What was our casualty in pulwama?

What is our total casualty in terror attacks since 1999?

RickyG
27th February 2019, 23:01
Until India shows proof, there will always be questions on the claims made by Modi.

Elections are near and Modi needed to show that he is a man of action and not just threats.

Overall, so far, I feel Modi did more harm to his reputation than gain any. Now with a captured Pilot, India might not be in a position to show further aggression.

I am not sure I agree. I think he has achieved his agenda which was to incite nationalist sentiments within India. I would argue people are united behind him at this point. This was not about winning a battle or inciting a war, it was to score political points and generate the public's support by using emotions. And I think he has accomplished that at the very least.

The rest of the world might think less of Modi but not Indians within India.

90MPH
27th February 2019, 23:23
PoWs doesnot mean countries back down.


In two days what is our casualty? What was our casualty in pulwama?

What is our total casualty in terror attacks since 1999?

The ball is in Modi’s court.

He gave the green light for yesterday’s attack and today in return he got a massive slap in the face.

Analysing the Indian media coverage they were certainly not expecting it nor were his government.

Now he can either descalate the situation or he can ramp it up. But at least knows Pakistan can give an answer back.

Savak
27th February 2019, 23:28
So far for the most part, it is the country of India who has been embarrassed internationally. Not even Trump has said anything ballistic against Pakistan or even given a damn about this Indo Pak situation.