Pakistan's High Commissioner to India returns to his post in New Delhi

Days after his government announced a sweeping crackdown on terror outfits, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said no terror group would be allowed to operate on Pakistan soil to carry out attacks overseas.

Mehmood is scheduled to return to New Delhi after he was called back to Islamabad for consultations following flare-up of tensions between the two neighbours in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Saturday that a reported Pakistani crackdown this week on seminaries, mosques and hospitals belonging to outlawed groups and arrest of dozens of people was not enough.

Citing "security concerns", Pakistani security officials on Thursday barred a Reuters team from climbing a hill in northeastern Pakistan to the site of a madrasa, or religious school, and a group of surrounding buildings that was targeted by Indian warplanes last week.

Kumar said a recent United Nations statement also called for "perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of terrorism to be held accountable and brought to justice".

"But till today, however, Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against JeM and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan".

He was later released as a unilateral goodwill gesture for peace by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday that Prime Minister Imran Khan has sent a clear message and that the worldwide community has lauded his desire to establish peace with India.

"India hasn't shared yet any actionable information and proof against anybody", he added.

Pakistan has denied any damage or casualties, and independent reporting has shown the strikes hit a heavily forested area with little infrastructure nearby. As we have already said, there are eye-witness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 aircraft and that one F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan.

"Only one aircraft was lost by us".

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

  • Jon Douglas