Soon after the news of Indian Air Force (IAF) striking three locations in Pakistan struck the stands, the national media channels started a rat-race to claim the exclusives. Meanwhile, the major media houses claimed to have accessed the exclusive footage of Indian fighter jets in Pakistan, including India Today, Economic Times, Aaj Tak, Times Nowand News18, has surfaced to be fake in the produced context and has been on social media platform from as early as September 2017.
Tracing the tail, Alt news has found that this video was initially shared had Pakistani Twitter user early morning at around 6 am on February 26, claiming that it showed Pakistan fighter aircraft ‘retaliating’ against the IAF.
In a press briefing by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, confirming the Indian Air force strike in Balakot, “non-military preemptive action specifically targeted at a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp,” and added that the target was chosen to avoid civilian casualties.
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