India asks Pakistan for concrete crackdown on terror groups

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This increased already fragile tensions between the waring nations, which escalated last week when the Pakistan military shot down two Indian warplanes that had travelled into the Kashmire airspace.

In a pinpointed and swift air strike that lasted less than two minutes, India pounded JeM's biggest training camp in Pakistan on February 26, killing up to 350 terrorists and trainers who were moved there for their protection after the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in which 40 soldiers were killed.

Islamabad took the step after India called back its envoy Ajay Bisaria to New Delhi.

An Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison, piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft and there are eyewitness accounts as well as electronic evidence for it, the Ministry of External Affairs said Saturday.

The moves come after the two countries recalled their diplomats for consultations as tensions flared after a February 14 suicide attack on a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers in Pulwama in the Indian-held portion Kashmir that killed 40 soldiers.

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"Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan", he added.

Pakistan says it has arrested 44 people, including the brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar who was apparently named in a dossier given to Islamabad by New Delhi.

"The widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge within and outside Pakistan".

India said Saturday (March 9) that its army is on a "strict vigil" for new attacks from Pakistan and renewed warnings to its neighbour to take concrete action against militant groups.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said no militant group would be allowed to operate from Pakistani soil to carry out attacks overseas, days after his government announced a sweeping crackdown against Islamist militant organisations. Islamabad denied it helps the militant Islamist group and asked India to share proof.

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Meanwhile Pakistani officials maintain the crackdown is part of a long-planned drive and not a response to Indian anger.

Asserting that India has the right to self-defence, the official told reporters that New Delhi by successfully carrying out strikes inside Pakistan "has been able to call the Pakistani bluff" on the nuclear front.

Kumar said that India remains resolute in its determination to persuade the global community towards the necessity of compelling Pakistan to prove their commitments by showing actions rather than words.

Since then, the two sides have exercised restraint amid calls from the worldwide community to avoid war.

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