Remember ‘only few trees were uprooted’ lie of the Pakistan Army? Well, looks like Rawalpindi has not learnt any lesson since February 26! The Pakistan Army was caught on Twitter lying about a video of an Indian war hero. Asif Ghafoor, Pakistan’s Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations, took to Twitter to post a video, which according to him, showed the open admission of an Indian war hero about the ‘failure’ of the Balakot airstrikes. Ghafoor claimed that Air Marshal (Retd) Denzil Keelor was talking about the “Indian failure” during the dogfight between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on February 27 this year, the day after the Balakot airstrikes.
“Admission of Indian failure and losses on 27 February 2019 by a well decorated Indian Airforce veteran Air Marshal Denzil Keelor. #Surprise,” Ghafoor wrote on his Twitter handle along with the video. In no time, Twitteratis dug deep and found out that the video was in fact doctored. According to web geeks, in the interview titled ‘Nehru lost India the war,’ Air Marshal Denzil Keelor spoke about India’s battle losses. It was posted by Wilderness Films India on August 9, 2015, on the video-sharing website, YouTube, an ANI report said.
In the doctored video tweeted by Ghafoor, Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s clip -- which was released by the Pakistani military -- can be seen on the top right of the screen in the video posted by Ghafoor. Soon after the gaffe was pointed out, Ghafoor took to Twitter and issued an apology of the apology!
“The clip of Air Marshal is revealed to be doctored through inset. Admission and expression were too identical to differentiate. Unintentional omission is acknowledged, especially to Indians. Nonetheless, environment remained unchanged for IAF on both the occasions,” Ghafoor said.
The clip of Air Marshal is revealed to be doctored through inset. Admission and expression were too identical to differentiate. Unintentional omission is acknowledged, especially to Indians.— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) July 28, 2019
Nonetheless, environment remained unchanged for IAF on both the occasions.
On the intervening night of 25 and 26 February, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out air strikes across the LoC at around 3:30 am. According to reports, 12 Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets dropped 1,000 kg bombs, destroying several Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) training camps across the Line of Control (LoC). The strike came in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, in which a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based JeM rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, killing 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.