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Trees worth Rs190mn damaged in Balakot strike

ABBOTABAD: At least19 pine trees, worth Rs190mn were damaged due to the payload dropped by the Indian aircrafts in Balakot, sources in Forest Department told ARY News on Wednesday.  

The sources said that the Forest Department had sent a final report in this regard to the federal government.

Observers of the United Nations, World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature and other international environmental bodies will also visit Jaba village, area of Balakot on Thursday.

The international observers will prepare a comprehensive report on damage to environment due to the payload dropped by Indian fighter jets in haste, who had violated the Line of Control (LoC) on February 26.

The Indian aircrafts had violated the  LoC, following which Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled and Indian aircraft went back dripping payload near a village in Balakot.

Read More: Satellite images give the lie to India’s Balakot airstrike claims

Earlier in the day, high-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters show that the building Indian warplanes claimed to have hit in Balakot appears to be still standing there days after the airstrike.

The images produced by Planet Labs Inc, a San Francisco-based private satellite operator, show at least six buildings on the site on March 4 six days after the airstrike.

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