Balakot air strikes: Pakistan to lodge U.N. complaint accusing India of ‘eco-terrorism’

A resident points to the damaged site where Indian military aircrafts released payload in Jaba village, Balakot, Pakistan February 28, 2019. Picture taken February 28, 2019.
Indian jets bombed a hilly forest area near the Pakistani town of Balakot.
Pakistan plans to lodge a complaint against India at the United Nations, accusing it of “eco-terrorism” over air strikes that damaged pine trees, a Minister said on March 1.
Indian warplanes on February 26 bombed a hilly forest area near the Pakistani town of Balakot. New Delhi said it had destroyed a militant training camp. Pakistan denied there were any such camps in the area and locals said only one elderly villager was hurt.
Climate Change Minister Malik Amin Aslam said Indian jets bombed a “forest reserve” and the government was undertaking an environmental impact assessment, which will be the basis a complaint at the United Nations and other forums.
“What happened over there is environmental terrorism,” Mr. Aslam told Reuters, adding that dozens of pine trees had been felled. ”There has been serious environmental damage.”
Two Reuters reporters who visited the site of the bombings, where four large craters could be seen, said up to 15 pine trees had been brought down by the blasts. Villagers dismissed Indian claims that hundreds of militants were killed.
The United Nations states that “destruction of the environment, not justified by military necessity and carried out wantonly, is clearly contrary to existing international law”, according to the U.N. General Assembly resolution 47/37.
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