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What Did India & Pakistan Search On Google After IAF Air Strike In Balakot?

01 March 2019


Bhubaneswar: Tensions between neighbors India and Pakistan has been at an all-time high over the last couple of days. While 44 CRPF jawans were killed, Indian Air Force carried out air strikes on biggest Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp. It is interesting to note what the people of both the countries searched for on Google after these strikes.

An analysis of trends done by India Today reveals that Pakistan has searched for ‘Indian Air Force’ more than Pakistan Air Force on February 26. While ‘surgical strike' was the most popular term in India, 'Balakot' was the most searched in Pakistan. Surgical strike was also one of the trending hashtags on Twitter in India.

After the news of air strikes broke on TV channels on Tuesday morning, the term 'Balakot' started gaining traction around 7:40am, stated reports. In India, popularity of ‘Balakot’ on Google started at around 8:50am.

Meanwhile on Thursday, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s name was one of the most searched items on Google in both India and Pakistan. IAF pilot Abhinandan was captured by Pakistani army on Wednesday after his fighter jet crashed across the LoC. Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan announced to release him as a “peace gesture”.