It is of tactical or near-insignificant value how many terrorists died in Balakote bombing. What is of strategic value is IAF penetrated inside Pak, and next attack can be anywhere & more than just the cannon fodders of the Pak deep state (ie the terrorists).
Hence, the Pak Army’s image was badly hit by Balakote strike and rattled the Pak establishment to the core. The invincible image is essential for the Army to keep control of Pak.
Hit in the solar plexus by Balakot, this strategic blow is at the root of Pak’s conciliatory steps and hyperactive efforts to keep global community alert and interventionist.
But India will need to maintain a hard step on the escalatory strikes ladder to ensure Pak is a loser at the strategic level.