The group of journalists was flown from Islamabad in a helicopter to Jabba in Balakot on Wednesday. The visitors trekked for about one-and-a-half
hour to reach the madrassa on the top of a mountain surrounded by lush green trees. The group was taken to a madrassa where about 150 students were present and were being taughthe t Quran.
“It was also known from the locals that the madrassa which was there was closed up until very recently and these local boys showed up to populate the madrassa, basically it seemed for this event. And the
visitors to this site were only allowed not longer than 30 minutes. There was actually absolutely no way for those visitors, those observers to determine anything,” Sellin said.
India has a right to be angry because it looks deliberate, he added.
The visit by the group lasted
for about 20 minutes and the participants were allowed to take pictures. Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor hela d formal and informal chat with the journalists.
The group, while going up, also saw a ditch on a hillside where India jets dropped its payload.
This was the
first formal visit of foreign media and diplomats to the place where scores of terrorists were killed in Indian airstrike on February 26.
what Sellin has to say about journalists’ visit to Balakot: