Following skirmishes by both the Indian and Pakistani military last month, tensions between the two countries have continued to simmer following the two states coming perilously close to all-out war last month. Amid the close conflict, Israeli newspaper Haaretz claimed the established narrative in Pakistan is India was aided by Israel in its recent attacks. Writing for the publication Pakistan-based correspondent Kunwar Khuldune Shahid said: “It is now an established narrative in Pakistan, not a fringe opinion, that Israel helped India plan the air raid.
Mr Shahid explained among those who have propagated this narrative is the progressive English daily, Dawn, which last week carried a report headlined, “India plotted dangerous attack with Israeli help,” citing an anonymous Pakistani government official who was not even properly quoted as evidence for the “Indo-Israeli plot.”
The conspiracy theory follows Israeli President, Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to the country in January.
While there’s no substantive proof of any Israeli-India ties in relation to the last month’s conflict, recently Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi boasted the country’s reported strike on a terrorist position.
The Indian Air Force reportedly hit a Jaish-Mohammad terrorist group who claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The terrorist attack on Pulwana killed 40 Indian paramilitary police and is widely seen as the starting point of the conflict between the two states.
In retaliation for the attack, India reportedly launched an airstrike in Pakistan which reportedly destroyed the terrorist group’s training facility.
As Mr Modi recently said regarding the strike: “Our soldiers struck terrorists inside their home.
“Terrorists and their guardians had not expected such action.”
Not long after India’s alleged successful bombing raid, Pakistan revealed it had shot down two warplanes and had captured one pilot who was later released.
The pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman, shortly became a national hero, with his iconic handlebar moustache developing into a fashion trend.
Recently Pakistan has unveiled a groundbreaking new missile on Tuesday in what has been seen as a major development to their military capability.
The Pakistan Air Force successfully trialled a new air-to-surface missile which was fired from a JF-17 Thunder fighter jet.
The missile is a milestone for the country as it was developed and integrated within Pakistan itself.
Speaking on Tuesday, Air Staff Chief marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan said: “Pakistan is a peace-loving nation but if subjected to aggression by any adversary, we would respond with full force.
“The successful trial has provided the JF-17 Thunder jet with a very potent and assured day and night capability to engage a variety of targets with pinpoint accuracy.”