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Satellite Images Show JeM Madrasa Buildings Still Standing At Balakot: Reuters Report

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| March 6 , 2019 , 14:26 IST

San Francisco-based satellite operator Planet Labs issued a high-resolution satellite image which was reviewed by Reuters and they claimed that a religious school run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed that its aircraft had hit it and killed a large number of militants.

The images have shown at least six building figures on the site on March 4, six days after the airstrike by the Indian Air Force. 

The Reuters report suggested that the images from Plant Labs are detailed to as small as 72 cm (28 inches).

Drawing comparison with the same spot image from April 2018 the report suggested that there are no discernible holes in the roofs of buildings, no signs of scorching, blown-out walls, displaced trees around the madrasa or other signs of an aerial attack was evident.

Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Project at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, who has 15 years experience in analyzing satellite images of weapons sites and systems, confirmed that the high-resolution satellite pictures showed the structures in question.

The Government had claimed that they had hit all the intended targets at the Madrasa site near Jaba village and the town of Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Though the government of India had not publicly disclosed what weapons were used in the air strike, sources told Reuters last week that 12 Mirage 2000 jets carrying 1,000 kg bombs carried out the attack. On Tuesday, a defense official said the aircraft used the 2,000-lb Israeli-made SPICE 2000 glide bomb in the strike.

Pakistan has refuted India's account of the airstrike, saying that the operation was a failure and that the Indian jets dropped their bombs on a largely empty hillside.

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Pakistan's Director General of the Military Press Wing, Major General Asif Ghafoor had said that there was no damage to any infrastructure after the Indian airstrike and that this has been vindicated by both domestic and international media after visiting the site.