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Let truth be known: Pakistan takes int’l media to Balakot

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A group of international journalists mostly based out of India, as well as the honorable ambassadors and defense attachés of various countries on Wednesday, April 10th visited the impact site of the February 26, 2019 Indian adventure near Jabba, Balakot, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military, announced on Twitter.

“A group of international media journalists mostly India based and Ambassadors & Defence Attachés of various countries in Pakistan visited impact site of 26 February Indian air violation near Jabba, Balakot. Saw the ground realities anti to Indian claims for themselves”, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted.

The visitors were shown the crater in barren open space, created after an Indian Air Force (IAF) jet dropped its payload while fleeing, and the nearby madrassa New Delhi had claimed it destroyed in the so-called air strike.

Late in February, Indian Air Force jets had violated Pakistani airspace and dropped a payload in a miscalculated sortie, damaging trees and twigs in Balakot, KPK.

Earlier in March, US-based private satellite observer had released images of the seminary that the Indian forces had claimed to have targeted. The images had shown that there had been no attack to speak of on the intended target.

According to the ISPR, the group also visited a nearby madrassa about which India had claimed it had struck and killed scores of terrorists there. The delegation interacted with the children getting an education there.

“Visitors freely interacted with students, children, and teachers and saw for themselves that madrassa stood on ground untouched with only innocent local children receiving education,” Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said.

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“Instead of pursuing false claims, [India] should accept the reality, stay a responsible state for peace in the region and especially look inward to identify reasons for out of hand situation inside Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” the ISPR chief said. Late in February, Indian Air Force jets had violated Pakistani airspace and dropped a payload in a miscalculated sortie, damaging trees and twigs in Balakot, KPK.

This article was written by Talha ul Huda and edited by Hammad Khan.