PM: Will not allow Pakistani soil to be used for terrorism

People participate in Artists Unite parade against politics of hate division and exclusion in Mumbai India 2 March 2019

PM: Will not allow Pakistani soil to be used for terrorism

"Prime Minister (Imran) Khan can help Pakistan earn enormous goodwill by tracking down and bringing to justice Masood Azhar, whom the Pakistani Foreign Minister indicated was alive, with his whereabouts known". "We advise both parties to quickly turn this page and seek fundamental, long-term improvement in their relations".

This starts with cracking down on the JeM and other terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba which was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Mr Bera said, adding that unfortunately, Pakistan's behaviour towards these terrorist groups have been contradictory and self-defeating.

He also said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had asked India to send evidence it has against anybody. China has always been blocking USA -backed efforts in the U.N.to blacklist the leader of the already banned JEM outfit. He also highlighted that the UN Security Council had unanimously issued a press statement in which they explicitly referred to the JeM as having claimed responsibility for the attack.

The sticking point may be exacerbated as India ramps up to key general elections this year, with nationalistic sentiment against China's actions seen as coming at Islamabad's behest.

Kumar said that a reported Pakistani crackdown earlier in the week on seminaries, mosques and hospitals belonging to outlawed groups and the arrests of dozens of people was not enough, and that Pakistan should take concrete steps "against terrorists and terror infrastructure" on its territory.

A pilot who was shot down over Pakistani territory was later sent back to India.

Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their independence and angry division in 1947.

"Pakistan claims to proscribe groups and individuals, but this is confined only on paper". New Delhi has repeatedly repudiated Beijing's ambitious BRI or One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project, also considered a national security threat by New Delhi ally the United States.

The assurances suggest Washington can easily determine if Pakistan used the F16s in its air attack on India with the possible loss of one F16 that New Delhi says was shot down by the MiG-21 Bison.

India said its air force hit a terrorist training camp and killed "a very large number" of militants.

This week, Pakistan launched a crackdown against domestic terrorist organizations.

The development came days after a rare aerial dogfight between India and Pakistan over Azad Kashmir ignited fears of an all-out conflict, with world powers rushing to urge restraint.

He arrived in India via the main border crossing at Wagah near Lahore.

India accuses Pakistan of backing Islamic terrorists in Kashmir.

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