The Pakistan Army will “celebrate” its defeat at the hands of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2019 by mobilising residents of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) on February 27 — anniversary of the failed ‘Operation Swift Retort’ — and starting a new ‘hate India campaign’, sources have told CNN-News18.
On February 26, 2019, the IAF carried out an airstrike deep inside Pakistan’s Balakot and destroyed a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp. Following the strike, the Pakistan air force wanted to “surprise India” by carrying out their own strike code-named ‘Operation Swift Retort’. However, the IAF not only repulsed the attack but Wing Commander Abhinadan Varthaman also shot down a US-made F16 fighter jet of the Pakistan Air Force.
Even after two years, Pakistan has not acknowledged that it lost an aircraft. And now it will celebrate the second anniversary of the operation in a big way.
The sources said the Pakistan army has told its intelligence agencies working in PoK area to get in touch with prominent residents of the area and force them to gather civilians in large numbers to visit the local army formations and show their “love for the Pakistan army”.
“The local leaders of POK have been warned of dire consequences if they fail to mobilise large numbers of local residents at the army camps on February 27 to show their love for the Pakistan army and to celebrate Operation Swift Retort,” claimed the sources.
The agencies have also been tasked to make videos and upload them on social media with hashtags to show “love of Kashmiri people for Pakistan army”.