New Delhi: Pakistani English daily The News of the reputed Jung Group has claimed that Pakistan had planned to bomb 12 Indian cities with conventional weapons if India plans attacks after the February 26 pre-dawn Indian air strike on Balakot.
Quoting unnamed sources, the daily said Pakistan geared up for the fight after getting a report that Modi held a meeting with chiefs of three services on February 27 and reportedly “selected to hit at least nine targets inside Pak”.
The daily said Pakistan informed US and UK of its strategy that “if India were to hit Pakistan with one missile, Pakistan will have reciprocated with three on three different cities inside India.” Quoting the same sources, the daily said: “The US conveyed the Pak message to India and told it that nobody would be able to stop Pak and the next stage could be a nuclear war.”
The sources claimed it was the American “warning” that forced India to back off from trying what they had planned. –External Affairs Ministry sources in India debunked the report of bombing any city, pointing out that India had taken care not to bomb any civilian or military area.