On May 1st, as reported by several Indian media outlets, Pakistan killed and mutilated two security personnel along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. A Pakistan border action team (BAT) crossed into Indian territory after being provided cover fire on Monday morning, killed two soldiers and beheaded their bodies in the Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in Jammu & Kashmir. The personnel killed were identified as Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh of 22 Sikh and Head Constable Prem Sagar of the BSF 200 Battalion. [Source: Indian Express]

Soon after, multiple news channels started reporting that Indian Army destroyed 2 Pakistani posts and killed 7-10 Pakistani soldiers in retaliation. Aaj Tak’s report claimed that 2 posts namely Kirpan and Pimple had been destroyed in retaliation.

Aaj Tak was the first news channel to report on the issue of retaliation. Aaj Tak’s Facebook page first shared a report suggesting that 2 Pakistani army posts had been destroyed in retaliation. This post was shared on their Facebook page at 9:45 pm on May 1st. The same report was again shared at 11:21 pm on their Facebook page with the additional claim that 7 Pakistani soldiers have been killed.

aajtak post on their facebook page about indian army retaliation

Aaj Tak Facebook Page repost at 11:21 pm about Indian army retaliation

Screenshots of Aajtak’s report regarding retaliation by the Army were shared many times on social media. The screenshots show that Aaj Tak relayed their report at 9:10 pm (21:10) on their channel.

Screenshosts of Aajtak's report on army retaliation

Economic Times Journalist Manu Pubby who also reports on issues of defence, however, claimed that one of the two posts that Aaj Tak was claiming was demolished in retaliation is actually an Indian post and not a Pakistani post.

Economic Times Manu Pubby Kirpan 1 is an Indian Army Post

India Today had initially named the Pakistani posts that they claimed were destroyed in their report. However, they quietly edited their report and removed the names of the posts. The initial archived version of the India Today report can be accessed here => http://archive.is/gZwbQ. In the archived version, Kirpan and Pimple posts are mentioned, but in the present version, they are not mentioned anymore. The screenshot below captures the change in India Today’s report, left one has been taken from the archived version, right is the present version.

A report in Hindustan Times dated May 2nd now suggests that the retaliation never happened and that the TV channels went ballistic without confirmation. Following statement was given by a senior officer with the army’s northern command to Hindustan Times:

There was no retaliation whatsoever by us in the KG sector on Monday night. They (TV channels) go ballistic without asking us anything. We will retaliate and when we do, we will come out with an official statement.

However, it was not just the TV channels that went ballistic. Even official spokesperson of the ruling Government started quoting this story of retaliation. In a panel discussion on Aaj Tak in which Paramajit Kaur, wife of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh, was present, BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra claimed that Indian Army has destroyed 2 Pakistani posts and killed 7 Pakistani soldiers. He stated this around 1:00 minute into the video below.

If the Hindustan Times report claiming that there was no retaliation by Army is indeed true, that would mean that BJP spokesperson was lying to a martyr’s wife on live television. Sambit Patra repeated the claim in another show with Aajtak anchor Anjana Om Kashyap. At 40 seconds into the video below, Sambit Patra repeats the claim about 2 Pakistani bunkers being destroyed.

Besides Aaj Tak, the other channels that made elaborate reports on this issue of retaliation by Indian Army are Aajtak’s sister concern India Today, Zee News, ABP News and India TV.

Screenshot of India Today's report on retaliation by Indian ArmyScreenshot of ABP News report on retaliation by Indian ArmyScreenshot of Zee News report on retaliation by Indian ArmyScreenshot of India TV report on retaliation by Indian Army

The video links to the four reports are as follows:

In print media, Dainik Jagran, who had recently published an illegal exit poll during UP elections, carried this story on their front page.


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Curiously, the recent reports by Aaj Tak and India Today which came out yesterday do not mention their own claim about the retaliation by Indian Army even once. This follow-up 9-minute report by Aaj Tak on this issue dated May 2nd talks about Army vowing to retaliate but does not once mention their own claims about Army already having retaliated. Did the army retaliation actually happen or did 5 national news channels and 1 major Hindi newspaper made it all up?

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8 Comments on "Did Aaj Tak, India Today, Zee News, ABP News, India TV, Dainik Jagran and Sambit Patra bluff about Indian Army retaliation?"

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some anchors specially on Aajtak found themselves unable to hide hate towards non-bjp non-hindutva hardliner entities. Anjana Omkashyap inparticular has became the unoffcial spokesperson of RSS/BJP.

Aakarshan Giri

Had Anthony, the then defence minister spoken the truth, then a false story of Operation Ginger was planted and propagated by The Hindu and others followed the suit. Antony claimed that only one incident of beheading of indian soldiers occurred during his tenure. We all know the martyr Hemraj incident. But The Hindu claimed that operation Ginger was in retaliation to another incident of beheading of indian soldiers. Now, Antony says about the only one Hemraj incident, then what for was operation Ginger? Or for that very reason what for was The Hindu’s propaganda?

Truths Wins

The Problem is people itself like in 100 percent of Indian population 50% are in government jobs including all Central< State<District<Municipality and 30-35 percent are involve in politics including small or big parties and remaining 15 percent are middle or else poor in all these same common is found government and private industry run because of government failure or government base tender

Dharam Vir Singh

INDIAN MEDIA SPLY . ELECTRONIC MEDIA LOST ITS OWN STANDING . The debates conducted on TV is befooling people and nothing except exposing cheap politics.


off course they bluffed, but please include NDTV in your list as they bluffed india by telecasting the speeches of kanhaiya and umar khalid who were slammed by court for raising anti india slogans or participating in such acts.The court convicted kanhaiya as being infectious for country and NDTV telecasted live speech of an infectious(acc. to high court) person. wasn”t this as bluff


You are trying to cover a blunder with a reality. Agar govt me dum nahi hai toh zuthi khabar faila k logo ko bewakoof banayenge. We really miss Mrs Indira Gandhi the real man from india.

Anjana Om kayashap makes a fool of herself when she reports news in the pathetic attitude of hers. Whenever she doesn’t likes anybody’s live comment, she pauses the volume or sometimes lower the volume.Such a big looser. Moreover she is a high attitude dumbhead whose idiocy get exposed when she talks to Assad. That time i cant help laughing seeing her getting pissed off live. AAJTAaK is a BJP paid news but doesnt know that when BJP government will fall beacause of recessions which will turn up in 2017 because of MODI GOVERNMENT FORGETTING BASIC RULES OF ECONOMICS, then she… Read more »
anjana sucks

BJP and aajtaak. A big looser. You made India happy seeing their own destruction. You all should be tried in court of law.