Video on IAF Balakot airstrikes broadcast on TV channels ‘promotional’ footage? Fact Check

Indian Air Force conducted Balakot airstrikes in February this year in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. However, on October 4, the Indian Air Force (IAF) released a promotional video on Balakot airstrike which was broadcast widely on several TV channels and Republic TV played the footage as “IAF’s Balakot proof”. Zee TV followed the suit.

All the media outlets reported the representational video as “real” footage of IAF’s airstrike in Pakistan. One report of PTI published in Firstpost and Business Standard claimed, “Ahead of the press conference, the IAF also showed video clips of the Balakot strikes.”

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However, ANI has uploaded the footage released by IAF, clearly stating that it was a promotional clip showcasing the Balakot aerial strike.

Conclusion: The footage was a representational video released by the IAF on the occasion of Air Force Day on October 8, and not the actual footage of Balakot airstrike. Our rating of the claim is ??? Misrepresentation.

About Arun Nag

Arun is with Digiteye India since the beginning as the main source for re-writing stories and for re-checking the facts and images. He writes on general and political issues. He can be reached at admin@digiteye.in or softmediahub@gmail.com

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