The Indian Air Force (IAF) "can't count how many people died", Air chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said today, asked to give a figure of terrorists killed in the February 26 air strike targeting a terror training camp in Pakistan's Balakot.
"We can't count how many people have died. It depends on how many people were there," the Air Chief said, addressing a press conference.
"Air Force is not in a position to clarify how many people were inside. We don't count human casualties. We count what targets we have hit or not hit," said Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa.
"The bomb damage assessment that is done post a mission calculates the number of targets we have hit or not hit."
What was the target and did the Indian fighter planes hit the target, the Air Chief was asked.
"The target has been clearly amplified by the Foreign Secretary in his statement and if we planned to hit the target, we hit the target... otherwise why would they (Pakistan) have responded? If we had dropped bombs in the jungle there would be no need to respond," he said, officially dismissing allegations that the strike had missed the target.