We gave them (India) a bloody nose and its still hurting: ISPR
Pakistan Army Spokesperson Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar on Thursday termed any attempt to link the release of Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman with anything other than the country’s mature response as a responsible state was disappointing and misleading.
Rubbishing Indian media reports of Pakistan releasing a captured pilot “out of fear”, Iftikhar said that the armed forces had given the enemy “a bloody nose, and it’s still hurting”. He was referring to Pakistan’s response to India’s violation of its airspace, when their warplanes intruded into Balakot.
Addressing a press conference with a one-point agenda, Iftikhar said he sought to “correct the record” regarding the events that surrounded India’s violation of Pakistani airspace last year in February.
“A statement was given yesterday which tried to distort the history of issues associated with national security,” he said.
He said following the attack on Indian troops in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama area, India “showed aggression against Pakistan in violation of all international laws on February 26, 2019, in which not only did it face defeat but was humiliated around the world”.
“Pakistani armed forces’ alert and timely response foiled the enemy’s designs. The enemy planes that had come to drop the explosives on the Pakistani people escaped while dropping their payload on empty mountains in panic after seeing our Shaheens.” He said the Pakistani forces decided to teach the enemy a lesson in response to the attack and the country’s entire civil and military leadership was united in the decision.
“Pakistan responded to India in broad daylight after announcing it. Not only did we give an appropriate reply, but also shot down two enemy war planes and captured Wing Commander Abhinandan,” the military spokesperson said.
“During these actions, the enemy became so frightened that it shot down its own helicopter and troops in a state of panic. This victory not only exposed India’s hollow claims of power before the world but made the entire Pakistani nation proud,” he said.
The spokesperson said Pakistan’s victory was “not only acknowledged by the world” but the Indian leadership had attributed their forces’ failure to the absence of Rafale fighter jets.
“Being a responsible state, the Government of Pakistan in order to give peace another chance decided to release Indian prisoner of war Wing Commander Abhinandan,” he added, emphasising that this decision, which was in line with the Geneva Convention, was praised the world over.
“It is extremely disappointing and misleading to link Wing Commander Abhinandan’s release with anything other than a responsible state’s mature response. Ends
On Wednesday, Sadiq claimed that the government had ‘pleaded’ to parliamentary leaders to let Abhinandan be freed.
“I remember Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was present in that meeting, which the prime minister had refused to attend. The chief of army staff was also present,” the former speaker said.
“With his legs shaking and sweat on his forehead, Qureshi told us, ‘For God’s sake, let him (Abhinandan) go back now, otherwise India would attack Pakistan at 9:00pm,” Sadiq quoted Qureshi as saying.