Foreign journalists visit Balakot strike site

A group of foreign journalists, mostly based in India, as well as the ambassadors and defence attachés of various countries on Wednesday visited Balakot, the impact site of February 26 Indian airspace violation near Jabba, Pakistan military media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

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Director General (DG) ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor informed the delegation on the occurrences of the day, “negating repeated false Indian claims with ground realities”.

“Visitors were shown bomb craters of the Indian air strike attempts in barren open spaces with no loss of human life or infrastructure. The group also visited a nearby madrassa that India claimed it had struck and killed scores of terrorists at,” DG ISPR said.

ISPR said the visitors were allowed to freely interact with the students and teachers and witnessed the
madressah where “innocent local children were getting education, [the
madressah that] stood on ground and was untouched” themselves.

“India should accept the reality, stay a responsible state for peace in the region and look inwards to identify reasons for the out-of-hand situation in Indian occupied Kashmir,” ISPR recalled.

ISPR statement further stated, “the international delegation also visited APS Swat — a state-of-the-art educational facility established by Pakistan Army as a gift for the resilient people of Swat in recognition of their contributions and sacrifices in defeating terrorism as terrorists had specially targeted educational institutions during the unrest.”

The delegation also paid a visit to Sabawoon, the army-run rehabilitation and deradicalisation centre, where young offenders are provided psychological treatment and raised back to normal life so they can contribute to the society.

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