In a bid to bolster its claims of carrying out a ‘surgical strike’ inside Pakistan, Indians seem to be losing rationality as they have started sharing an old video and that too of a Pakistani fighter jet.
As soon as Indian top civil-military elite started bragging about conducting a surgical strike inside Pakistan on Tuesday which is apparently ‘fake’, hundreds of Indian social media users started sharing a video showing fighter jets zooming across the sky at midnight, without any cross check.
The video in question actually depicts Pakistani fighter jets and dates back to 2016 – though Indians are trying to prove that the video shows the surgical strikes conducted in Balakot area near the Line of Control.
Agence France-Presse or AFP’s fact-checking service has debunked the video exposing the claims of Indians as the video is available on video-sharing website, Youtube where it was uploaded on September 23rd, 2016.
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India claimed to have targeted the alleged camps of militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the Balakot area near the Line of Control; however, Pakistan has denied any such attack.
The alleged strikes – which are still to be verified – have escalated tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours as Pakistan’s armed forces have announced that Pakistan will respond against Indian aggression in a befitting and surprising manner.