During a debate on Pakistani television Zafar Hilaly, the retired diplomat-turned-geopolitical analyst confessed that Pakistan lost 300 people in Balakot airstrike conducted by the Indian Air Force in 2019.
Calling IAF’s surgical airstrike an “act of war” Hilaly slammed the Pakistani government and the military for not taking decisive action.
Hilaly also punctured Pakistan’s claim that the targets of PAF airstrike were non-military in nature saying “our target was their headquarter but bombs were dropped on football fields.
“Our target was their headquarters but we dropped the bomb on a football field. That’s why India is saying they will do it again. Our response was weak,” Hilaly had said.
After the failed airstrike on February 27, Indian officials claimed that the Pakistan Air Force jets had deliberately targeted Indian military positions including the Indian army’s 25th division headquarters, ammunition and supply depot.