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On this day in 2019, Indian air force was ridiculed for claiming fake surgical strike in Balakot

01:56 PM | 26 Feb, 2023
On this day in 2019, Indian air force was ridiculed for claiming fake surgical strike in Balakot
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ISLAMABAD – Four years back, Indian military jets violated the Line of Control (LoC), intruded from the Muzaffarabad sector but swift response the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) panicked neighbors who dropped payload in haste.

New Delhi then claimed a surgical strike on terror camps which only damaged some trees and a dead crow. Doctored clips were peddled on social media to prove it however Pakistan unearthed the false claims with strong evidences.

Indian media, which was left red-faced, and faced severe trolling claimed the alleged ‘surgical strike’ was in retaliation to the Pulwama attack but it turned out that Indian government staged the Pulwama attack and then the Feb 26 failed surgical strike for media publicity to appease voters.

Four years after the iconic incident, Pakistan still remembers the cowardly act of India and marks the day with hilarious tweets and trolls.

In previous years, British news agency Reuters among several top media prganisation trashed Indian claims and submitted high-resolution satellite images showing buildings which India claimed its warplanes had hit in Balakot killing a large number of "militants" still standing at the site.

For the unversed, a day after Indian fighter jets claimed to have hit a militant camp in Pakistan’s northwestern region, the next morning saw retaliation from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Following a dog fight, Islamabad captured one Indian pilot – no other than Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who praised the professionalism of Pakistan Army but denied to share any sensitive information.

Abhinandan’s warplane, hit by Wing Commander Nauman Ali Khan, was crashed on Pakistani side of the Line of Control, while the second IAF fighter jet Sukhoi Su-30, which was downed by Sqn Leader Hassan Siddiqui, landed on the Indian side. Pakistan later handed over the IAF pilot to India authorities as a gesture of goodwill, never acknowledged by the hardline Hindu government in New Delhi.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal 12 April

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 12, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 12 April 2024

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