A file photo of an Indian Air Force’s Mirage fighter jet. Did the Indian Air Force (IAF) really take out 300 militants of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), or did the bombs fall on barren ground? After the Balakot strikes, the narrative that emerged from various elements of the Indian state was that Indian fighter jets had flown deep inside Pakistani territory and destroyed a key JeM training camp that contained ‘250-300 terrorists". The Indian side was wise in projecting the exercise as a pre-emptive, non-military strike that was not in response to Pulwama. Pakistan contested the Indian claims and professed […]

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