Maybe that was the plan. Put enough a show and bait our air force to over extend leading to a su getting shot down. Ground targets were never their objectives. They wanted a visual propaganda victory. So their actual target was shooting down an IAF aircraft. Most likely an mki but they got mig 21 instead. Then they used their info war capabilities to push propaganda. It was all propaganda victory. They won't need much security once cpec comes online..
So a lot of they capabilities they had accumulated over the last 20 years, they demonstrated, and now will spend billions replacing them, all for propaganda?
You do realise once something is showed off, the enemy makes countermeasures for it, right? Then that something becomes largely useless in the next war. So a lot of the capabilities they used on their AWACS, ECM aircraft, F-16's radar, EW suite, AIM-120's seeker, datalinks etc requires expensive modifications and/or replacements. All that for propaganda?
That's what they always wanted it was a media campaign to show themselves as the sane mature power and india as reactionary..
It's obvious it served the opposite purpose. They have domestic compulsions. When 300+ terrorists die in just one location, we have no clue about the other locations that were actually hit successfully too, then pressure comes from their cohorts to retaliate in kind. It gains significance when one realises this is the first time in history when the sovereign territory of one nuclear power was attacked by another.