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Pulwama Attack - The Social Media Stories

In this blog, Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bhardwaj expresses his concern over the indecorous updates that swarmed upon digital media platform after the Pulwama attack, IAF attack, and rescue of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. While the entire country was hooked up to the updates on Wing Commander Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman return to India, the social media swarmed up with all the spice that it could. Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bhardwaj is once again concerned and trying to make sense of all the hilarious statements that Pakistan is shooting on social media. Here’s what he has to say-

If you have been watching my video’s on Pulwama attack, you might have again seen me screeching over Pakistan and trying to get them to show the mirror. Today, once again I have questions which have surfaced after the way Pakistan took themselves to the social media.

On 26th Feb, Pakistan’s F16 made an aerial attack move towards Indian Army, however, our MIG 21 countered them in 17 sec and crumbled it down. Now, here let’s take stock of the situation again. First, the Pulwama attack to which we retaliated and targeted only JeM and Lashkar-e-Toiba command centers. Our attacks did not cause any harm to the Pakistan civilians or their armed forces. It was only an act of retaliation towards the Pulwama attack. While we attacked with an intention to wipe off terrorism that actually benefits both the countries, then why did Pakistan send its F16 aiming at Indian army forces?? Are they trying to prove to its countrymen that they are powerful than their neighbouring country! What ego is that?

After 3 days of IAF attack at Balakot, I am baffled to read Pakistan’s reaction and the statements that they are covering up on social media. These guys could be truly insane to cook up incorrect stories about the Balakot attack on social media. Pakistan is trying hard to pretend that it is all hunky-dory as usual at their end, but the fact remains that Pakistan always dwelled on an unethical pitch and still continues to do so.

One thing that I would like to tell my country fellow-men and Pakistan as well, that if the digital media or the social platform starts mushrooming up with false and cooked up stories and events, then let’s understand one thing that it shall soon be doomsday for all of us! Let us not forget that both the countries are nuclear-equipped neighbours and especially in these sensitive days, even the smallest of spark can grow into a stick of huge dynamite. So, I request everyone to be very cautious about the news that is getting viral on WhatsApp and other social platforms. Follow and share only those news which is authenticated and come from trustworthy and authorized sources.

The next thing to roll out is about the Pakistan Wazeer-E-Azam (Prime Minister)- Imran Khan sailing in two boats. He initially talks about retaliating to IAF’s attack, sends F16 to retaliate, and then he feels that mutual talks of peace would be the best solution. What is he actually up to? Then his cabinet Human Rights Minister – Shireen Mazari tweets that after having a meet with the High Commissioner they deeply condone the loss of lives and proposed bilateral talks to address the situation. How inhuman can one be?

Let’s begin with the episodes one-by-one which Pakistan made rounds on the social media.

- The first thing after the IAF attack was General Gafoor tweeting 4 different statements and then deleting them. What on earth makes him do that!!

- General Gafoor kept saying that Indian MIG 21 came and tried bombing in vacant areas of Balakot but miserably failed when our F16 scrambled to retaliate. He also mentioned that there was no human or any kind of infrastructure loss

- He did not stop here but his fiction stories continued saying that they shot 2 MIG Indian aircraft and have captured 2 Pilots. Then they themselves corrected the statement saying that they have only 1 Pilot

- Pakistan made an utmost hilarious attempt of putting up the footage that shows an Indian jet crashing down after being shot by them. Less do they know that this clip is of TU657, which crashed in Jodhpur due to engine failure in the year 2016. Pakistan is using this old clip which has already made rounds on social media earlier.

From all these above statements, it seems Pakistan wishes to stay with its own fictitious story than face reality.

Now it’s important to also talk about the rescue of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan. While after his aircraft being shot down and he took a safe exit to the land, he was captured by Pakistan’s army men, the social media here also made many rounds of unreliable talks.

Guys, let’s get ourselves drilled with the Geneva Convention and the international laws laid down. May what comes, we need to respect the international laws and strictly abide by them. There is no way out here. If you check the Geneva Convention and the amendments made in 1929, 1949 and 1967, it clearly mentions that the prisoners of the war should be treated with respect and dignity. They cannot be humiliated or tortured for any personal or official gain. Their faces cannot be revealed and their information has to be kept confidential. They are soldiers serving their country and they demand respect at all times. As Indians, we have always treated the prisoners of war with due respect and dignity. And the way we dealt with 97,942 Pakistani soldiers were surrendered and brought as prisoners during the 1971 war, proves that we have always have been in accordance with the laws of Geneva Convention. I think the basic ethics of war and respect towards international laws is a must and no country should defer from it.

Having said this, let’s talk about Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. He is a soldier on duty and he demands the rights of a soldier as laid down by the Geneva Convention. Every Indian army personnel during their training is well-trained about the principles laid down in the convention, so when they sit in the cockpit they very well know the limitations or extent of action that an opposite country can take in case they are caught.

Pakistan, on the other hand, raised concern about them being affected by attacks of Lashkar-e-Toiba and the terrorist organization dwelling in their country and have time and again raised this concern to the UNO. Now, after this aerial attack, Pakistan Wazeer-E-Azam (Prime Minister) - Imran Khan should be thankful to us that indirectly we have helped his country too. Whatever measures they would personally take against the terrorist organizations is solely their purview, but I think we have helped them get rid of this shit and they should actually be thankful to us.

But now, if he wants to have peace talks with us, he needs to come clean and leave the guns forever. He cannot come for peace talks with a double-edged sword. As far as we Indians are considered, we have always followed our ancient philosophy which states that be friends with friends, be treacherous with the treacherous and be at war when opposition comes with weapons. It is as simple as that. What stature Pakistan wishes to take is completely their discretion; if at war, then only future can tell us who shall win the war; however, if you trace back to the history, it will tell you who have been the undisputed winners.

Lastly, I would say let us not fall prey to the deceptive strategy adopted on social media usually used for marketing. This is not a product or a service we are talking about but we are dealing with soldiers and our countrymen here.

So be responsible citizens, and try to confirm updates coming on social media before you hit the SHARE button! Get strong be brave and support the army endeavors in a righteous manner!!

Asal Me Kya Hua Hai Wing Commander Abhinandan Wale Matter Me ?

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