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‘Attack on Pakistan’: People React As Indian Jets Intrude From Muzzafarabad Sector

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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.

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’.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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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