Indians poke fun at Modi sarkar after US debunks F-16 downing claim
Jingoistic frenzy appears to be fading as Indians start realising that the Modi Sarkar had fed them on concocted tales in the recent military confrontation with Pakistan.
The feeble voices that questioned the Indian government accounts of Feb 26 and 27 events suddenly rose to a crescendo on Friday when US defence officials confirmed none of the F-16 jets in the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) fleet is missing.
New Delhi claimed that its air force had decimated the “largest terrorist training camp” in an air strike in the Balakot area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and then shot down a Pakistani F-16 in a dogfight over Kashmir the next day.
It couldn’t offer even a shred of evidence to substantiate its claim of inflicting mass casualties or damages in Balakot, while its claim of shooting down F-16 also turned out to be figment of its imagination.
International journalists and experts have already exposed the Indian claims vis-à-vis Balakot strikes, while US defence officials caused the Indians further embarrassment by confirming that all F-16 in the PAF fleet are accounted for.
Indian politicians, journalists, and activists came down hard on the Modi Sarkar for its farcical claims which made India a laughing stock internationally.
Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding Editor of The Wire news website, called it a “big blow to post Balakot account” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.