- A video clip of Pak's defence minister Pervez Khatak was shared online
- He said Pak air force wasn't able to "gauge the extent of the damage"
- Indian jets targeted a major terror camp in Pak on Tuesday
Pakistan defence minister Pervez Khatak was relentlessly trolled on Twitter on Tuesday after he apparently told reporters that their forces were ready to repel the Indian attack but "it was dark". In a pre-dawn air strike, 12 Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Air Force targeted a sprawling Jaish-e Mohammed terror training camp at Balakot in Pakistan.
In what appeared to be a press conference held later, Mr Khatak is heard explaining the role of the Pakistan air force. In the video clip, which was shared by Pakistani journalists on social media, Mr Khatak is heard saying, "Our air force was ready, but since it was happening in the night and it was dark, they could not gauge the extent of the damage... So they waited and now they have received clear directions..."
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, next to him, added: "May I just add. The Pakistan Air Force was already air-bound. We were ready for all eventualities."
NDTV can't verify the authenticity of the video.
Through the day, the minister was targeted on social media.
Sir this by Pak Defence minister is EPIC- gab.ai/TheCol???????? (@desertfox61I) February 26, 2019
Says they were ready
It was DARK
Unbelievable. Pakistan's Defence minister & Army chief said in press conference that Pak Airforce was ready to respond.. but 'Andher mein kuch dikha nahi aur nuksaan ka idea nahi aaya'. Even India should be embarrassed to have this country as our neighbour. #IndiaStrikesPakistan- Kushagra Swarnkar (@kushhagra_) February 26, 2019
@AniqaNisar According to Pak Defence Minister, Pak Air Force was ready to retaliate, but they failed to do so due to darkness! Appreciate the honesty & frankness of the minister which is essential for improving Indo Pak relation!- NARENDRA NARAYAN (@NARENDRANARAYAN) February 26, 2019
Pakistan has warned India of retaliation. "The response will surely come," the Pakistan defence minister said. "We will surprise you, wait for that surprise. Response will come differently," Pakistan's army spokesperson Major General Asif Gafoor said.
The response, Pakistan said, will come at a time and place of their choice.
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