Two things with different denominators cannot be compared, so are strikes and cricket match.
Major General, Asif Ghafoor, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in response to Indian Home Minister, Amit Shah’s congratulatory message to Indian cricket team after their win over Pakistan in World Cup clash, in which he said, “Another strike on Pakistan by Indian Team and result is same,” via his personal account on Monday said, “Dear Amit Shah, yes your team won a match. Well played.”
“If in doubt please see results of our Nowshera counter strikes and response to Indian Air Force violation on February 27 downing two Indian jets,” he said, ending his tweet with: “Stay Surprised.”
Shah was referring to aerial combat between two neighbouring countries in February, which happened after Indian aircraft on February 26 carried out an airstrike on what it alleged was a “terrorist training camp” in Pakistan.
Doubt has been cast over success of India’s airstrike, which Shah had claimed killed 250-a figure that Indian Air Force distanced itself from.
Pakistan had denied that there was any damage or casualties. Independent reporting by multiple local and international outlets who visited site also found no evidence of a terrorist training camp or of any infrastructure damage.
Pakistan Air Force had later shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace when they tried to give chase to Pakistani jets, capturing an Indian pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman. The IAF pilot was later released on directives of Prime Minister, Imran Khan as a “peace gesture”.