Over 300 casualties in Balakot air strike by India: Former Pak diplomat
New Delhi : A former Pakistani diplomat admitted on a news television that more than 300 terrorists were killed in Balakot air strikes by India on February 26, 2019.
The statement by former Pakistani diplomat Agha Hilaly goes totally opposite to what Pakistan’s claims of zero casualties.
Soon after Indian Air Force carried out air strikes in Balakot to hit JeM terrorists, Pakistan issued statements that there were no terrorists present in the area and the bombs have been dropped on empty forest lands.
The strike was in response to the terror attack in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives. Pakistan-based JeM claimed the responsibility for the February 14 attack, which has been largely condemned by the international community.
"India crossed the international border and did an act of war in which at least 300 were reported dead. Our target was different from theirs. We targeted their high command. That was our legitimate target because they are men of the military. We subconsciously accepted that a surgical strike -- a limited action -- did not result in any casualty. Now we have subconsciously told them that, whatever they will do, we'll do only that much and won't escalate," said Agha Hilaly.
Agha Hilaly made these comments during a debate on a Pakistani Urdu channel.