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Is Pakistan responsible for the heat-wave in India?

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The Indian media, in another bizarre attempt to belittle Pakistan, has blamed Pakistan for the current heat-wave that has engulfed the entire Indian nation, particularly the northern and central states. In a video widely circulating on social media, a few anchor persons on Indian news channels can be heard accusing Pakistan of sending hot winds towards India.

One host even claimed that Pakistan is behind the heat-wave, adding that, “The hot winds in Sindh are sending its ripples across the border.”

Hottest places on the planet in India and Pakistan

The month of June began with sweltering temperatures in both India and Pakistan, with the mercury reaching up to as high as 51 degrees Celsius in the region. According to the report published by the Washington Post this week, the weather website ‘El Dorado’ has stated that five of the 15 hottest places on the planet last week were either in India or in neighboring Pakistan.

Indian Air Forces were charged for damaging a tree in the Balakot district when they dropped their payloads in haste after being chased off by PAF fighter jets.

Nearly the whole country remained cautious of the heat-wave, with its severe warnings issued for North and Central India. Churu, a city in the west of the Northern state of Rajasthan, recorded the country’s highest temperature, 48.9C. 17 deaths were recorded in the past three weeks in India due to the extreme heat and humidity.

In Pakistan, Jacobabad continued to be the hottest place with a 51 degrees Celsius maximum temperature recorded for consecutively two days last week. The meteorological department in both the countries had issued severe warnings for people to stay indoors at maximum and refrain direct sunlight from noon to 3.pm particularly.

It is feared that the current spell of heat-waves will be prolonged, as the monsoon rainfalls are still far away for the northern and central states of India and Pakistan.

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The India media’s credibility

While the adverse climatic changes are equally concerning for both countries that demand joint actions to save the region from falling prey to the prolonged hot weather, the Indian media, stretching the limits of its credibility, could not resist itself from giving the matter a political flavour. The Indian media claimed that the current soaring temperature was the result of supposed and alleged airstrikes by Pakistan in India.

The month of June began with sweltering temperatures in both India and Pakistan, with the mercury reaching up to as high as 51 degrees Celsius in the region.

Referring to the ‘attacks’, they attributed them as the reason for the extreme weathers in Pakistan. The news report by TV channels has ensued a debate whether Pakistan secretly and miraculously owns the weather control system of India. Perhaps Pakistan can own and control the airstrikes but not the flow of winds.

In fact, it is Pakistan that had filed a complaint of economic-terrorism against India at the UN, post the Balakot attacks, as Indian Air Forces were charged for damaging a tree in the Balakot district when they dropped their payloads in haste after being chased off by PAF fighter jets.

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Indian media’s blatant anti-Pakistan rhetoric has backfired several times and has left them red-faced. One such incident happened when the Indian presenter showed ‘undeniable evidence’ of the IAF downing two PAF jets in AJ& K, which was eventually rejected by an aeronautical expert who explained that the shown debris was actually of the downed Indian aircraft MiG-21 Bison.

Indian media’s credibility was once again challenged in the same episode of the Balakot attack when they showed an old video of PAF jets flying in Islamabad in the dark purported as Indian jets striking  the camp of JEM in Pakistan.

Social Media Reactions

Meanwhile, American comedian Jeremy Mclellan, who is immensely popular in Pakistan, shared the video on his Twitter account and mocked Indian media for stirring up another false news.

Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir also took a dig at India’s allegation and  conspiracy theory against Pakistan.

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