Pakistan’s army soldier stands at the edge of a crater, after Indian military aircraft were beaten on February 26, according to Pakistani officials in Jaba village, near Balakot in Pakistan on March 7, 201
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India said on Saturday that Pakistan had “much to hide” by preventing journalists from accessing the site of a flight strike by Indian fighters in Pakistan.
Quoting “security considerations”, the Pakistani security officers on Thursday prevented a Reuters team from climbing a northern Pakistani hill to a madrasa or religious school and a group of surrounding buildings targeted by Indian weapons of war last week.
“The fact that Pakistan has now refused access to journalists from visiting the site means that they have a lot to hide,” said Indian Foreign Minister Spokesman Raveesh Kumar to journalists.
He reiterated the government’s position that India’s flight strikes were “successful and achieved the desired goals”, having been asked for a Reuters report that said high-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters showed that madrasa seems to stand still.
Reporting of C.K. Nayak; Writing by Krishna N. Das; Editing by Stephen Coates
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