‘Attack on Pakistan’: People React As Indian Jets Intrude From Muzzafarabad Sector
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General Major General Asif Ghafoor on Tuesday said that Indian Air Force (IAF) intruded from the Muzzafarabad sector into Pakistan but after facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot.
Indian aircrafts’ intrusion across LOC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles.Under forced hasty withdrawal aircrafts released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) February 26, 2019
Asif Ghafoor said that the intrusion within Azad and Jammu Kashmir was 3-4 miles. He said after the Indian jets’ hasty escape, they released payload which fell in open area. No casualties or property damages were reported.
The intrusion has got people reacting and many Pakistanis are calling it an attack on the country.
‘Pakistan Holds Every Right To Respond’: Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi condemned the Indian aggression saying that it was an attack on Pakistan. He said Pakistan holds every right to respond to the attack on the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation. The FM also said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be holding an emergency meeting today over the matter.
Social Media Reacts
Journalist Mosharraf Zaidi said if Indian jets intruded from the Muzzafarabad sector into the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, it did not cross the Line of Control, but it ‘attacked Pakistan’.
Just to be clear: #Balakot is not in Azad Kashmir.
If Indian Air Force planes dropped payload in Balakot, they crossed across the LOC, and then across the entirety of Azad Kashmir, and then into Khyber Pakhtukhwa.
India didn't "cross the LOC".
It has attacked Pakistan.
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) February 26, 2019
Journalist Abbas Nasir termed Indian intrusion as a failed attempt at ‘machismo’. He also said that Pakistan must express restraint not retaliation in such a situation.
Restraint not retaliation. No need to dominate escalation ladder. Expose Indian adventurism for what it was. Failed attempt at machismo.
— Abbas Nasir (@abbasnasir59) February 26, 2019
Journalist Umair Rasheed said that “even after all these years, if Indian democracy still needs aggressive posturing towards Pakistan to survive, it sure isn’t functioning in the interest of the millions of ordinary people who need jobs, food, education, health on both sides.”
Even after all these years, if Indian democracy still needs aggressive posturing towards Pakistan to survive, it sure isn't functioning in the interest of the millions of ordinary ppl who need jobs, food, edu, health on both sides #Pplwantpeacenotwar
— Umair Rasheed (@Umairrasheed1) February 26, 2019
Journalist Ahmed Noorani condemned the intrusion calling it an attack on Pakistan. He said he was not a believer in war but in such circumstances had full trust in the Pakistan Army that they will give a befitting response.
I condemn #India for last night attack on #Pakistan.
I am not an advocate of war but at the same time i have full trust in Pak Army that last night's #Indian agression will be responded with full force today. Now it is the matter of dignity of Pakistan and #Pakistanis.
— Ahmad Noorani (@Ahmad_Noorani) February 26, 2019
Politician Faisal Sabzwari said Indian is wrong on too many accounts. He said Indian violated the LOC agreement and has dropped bombs on Balakot. “Selling jingoism before elections without estimating the cost of war for the entire region and its population,” he said.
#India is shamefully wrong on too many accounts.
Responded #Pakistan's offer after #Pulwamaattack through bombs
Dropped bombs at #Balakote & claiming to attack #Balakot
Selling jingoism b4 elections without estimating the cost of war 4 entire region & its population pic.twitter.com/f65vcfDgl1
— Faisal Subzwari (@faisalsubzwari) February 26, 2019
Researcher Adnan Hafeez also termed it an attack on Pakistan. “Balakot is a settled territory of Pakistan. This is an attack on the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation.”
Balakot is a settled territory of of Pakistan. This is an attack on the territorial integrity of a sovereign nation. Pakistan Air force MUST strike back to give a befitting and proportionate response to this unprovoked Indian aggression. https://t.co/UUdnnXhKDX
— Adnan Hafeez (@abdalian4ever) February 26, 2019
India Claims To Have ‘Killed JeM Terrorists’
India’s Foreign Secretary VK Gokhale claims that the Indian forces hit the biggest Jaesh-e-Muhammad camp in Balakot, which resulted ‘death of a large number of terrorists.” He added that the forces ‘made sure’ no civil casualties took place.
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