s February 27th 2021 marks the 2nd anniversary of the 2019 Indo-Pakistan skirmishes, netizens of both nations began to reopen this very controversial chapter of aerial warfare yet again. While misinformation has plagued the social media, and ego the minds of netizens, there are several fallacies which the Pakistani side fails to acknowledge. From bombs uprooting trees to the infamous “Doosra Banda” controversy, the aim of this editorial is to address the fact as to how the Pakistani government and the Pakistan Air Force has lies about not only this conflict, but every other conflict it has participated in, and still managed to get away with it…
“Bombs that killed a crow”: On the early hours of 26th February 2019, 12 Indian Air Force Mirage-2000’s (unconfirmed number) entered the Pakistan Airspace for a brief period of time to conduct a surgical strike against a Jaish terrorist camp located on the Jaba Top, located near the town of Balakot. All the 5 bombs dropped that morning, found their mark, and destroyed their intended target. The strike was an enormous success, as it was confirmed by on-ground and electronic intelligence sources. In a few hours’ time however, the DG-ISPR, had tweeted that none of the bombs found their mark, and it was all deployed under a “hasty withdrawal”.
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.
In another separate tweet, the ISPR had uploaded 4 photographs of showing destruction caused by the bombs that “missed their target”. The pictures showed burnt trees and a dead crow. While netizens of Pakistan claim that the bombs only managed to kill a crow, there is a big catch in the photographs
The image shows parts of a bomb, which were allegedly dropped by the Indian Mirages. Another image shows a crater caused by the so-called bomb, but what the Pakistanis didn’t know (until later on), that the IAF had employed the penetrator version of the SPICE 2000 bombs, which didn’t utilize a High Explosive warhead, but a warhead which uses shockwaves generated from near-vertical penetration to kill ‘soft-skinned targets’ (bunker-busting roles). The difference seems very clear as similar bombs were used by Israelis and Russians over Syria. The sites destroyed by these penetrator bombs showed a deep penetration mark, in contrast to a shallow entry point with a wide blackened surrounding. The last point indeed proves that the images were not of failed SPICE munitions, but controlled HE bomb explosions done to fabricate falsehood.