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Indians poke fun at Modi Govt. after US debunks Pakistani F-16 downing claim

Jingoistic frenzy appears to be fading as Indians start realising that the Modi Government had fed them on concocted tales in the recent military confrontation with Pakistan. Tribune

India claims of shooting down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 jet on February 27 were debunked by US officials as all aircraft are accounted for, reported Foreign Policy on Friday.

The feeble voices that questioned the Indian government accounts of Feb 26 and 27 events suddenly rose to a crescendo on Friday when US defence officials confirmed none of the F-16 jets in the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) fleet is missing.

New Delhi (India) claimed that it’s air force had decimated the “largest terrorist training camp” in an air strike in the Balakot area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and then shot down a Pakistani F-16 jet in a dogfight over Kashmir the next day.

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It couldn’t offer even a shred of evidence to substantiate its claim of inflicting mass casualties or damages in Balakot, while its claim of shooting down F-16 also turned out to be the figment of its imagination.

International journalists and experts have already exposed the Indian claims vis-à-vis Balakot strikes, while US defence officials caused the Indians further embarrassment by confirming that all Pakistanies F-16 in the PAF fleet are accounted for.

Indian politicians, journalists, and activists came down hard on the Modi Government for its farcical claims which made India a laughing stock internationally.

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Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding Editor of The Wire news website, called it a big blow to post Balakot account of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Public interest lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan wrote that all claims of Narendra Modi, including Balakot air strike, have proven false and still he was thumping his 56-inch chest.

Indian Filmmaker Rakesh Sharma called the entire episode starting with the Balakot misadventure to the aerial battle with Pakistan “a hasty op sans enough prep? For 56″ to get ‘action’ before elections?!”

Indian Economist Rupa Subramanya wrote that another claim by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been busted by the Foreign Policy magazine.

Indian Writer and photographer Sanjukta Basu said that India has become a laughing stock during the rule of Indian PM Modi.

Col (retd) Ajai Shukla, who is now Business Standard columnist on strategic affairs, defence and diplomacy, wrote that after the F-16 downing claim was busted, the ruling BJP was trying to take the spotlight away.

Former Indian foreign minister Shashi Tharoor also poked fun at Modi for his false claims.

While Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director at Asia Program and South Asia Senior Associate at The Wilson Center agreed with Clary.

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