Pakistan Occupied Kashmir : With conflicting theories from both sides with no confirmation yet on the number of casualties in the recent air raid conducted by the Indian Air Force, it is yet unsure who is speaking the truth on the entire incident.
With Western Diplomats in Islamabad making claims that the Indian Air Force did throw bombs on PoK but on a hilltop which was already empty, the Indian Defence was making false claims of 300 militants dead in the air raid.
The only confirmed victim of India’s air strike against Pakistan is still unsure why he was shaken awake in the early hours of Thursday by an explosion that rocked his mud brick house and left him with a cut above his right eye.
“They say they wanted to hit some terrorists. What terrorists can you see here?” said 62 year old Nooran Shah, a resident of jaba village, near the northeastern town of Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
“We are here. Are we terrorists?”
India says Tuesday’s raid destroyed a major training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a militant group that claimed responsibility for a February 14 attack in Kashmir that killed 40 members of a paramilitary police unit.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the strike killed “a very large number of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of Jihadis who were being trained for Fidayeen action were eliminated.” Fidayeen is a term used to describe Islamist militants on suicide missions.
Another senior government official told reporters that about 300 militants have been killed.
On Thursday, though, a senior defence official appeared to back track on the claims. Asked about how much damage the warplanes had crushed, Air Vice Marshal R.G.K. Kapoor said it was “premature” to provide details about casualties. But he said the armed forces had “fairly credible evidence” of the damage inflicted on the camp by the air strikes.
India’s claims of 300 deaths in the air raid was rubbished by Pakistan, which said that the Indian raid was a complete failure that saw Indian jets bomb a largely empty hillside without hurting anyone.