Take ‘Sustained and Irreversible’ Actions Against Terrorists: US Tells Pakistan

India had blamed Pakistan for the Pulwama attack that was carried out by a Kashmiri youth and was claimed by Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a group that has been proscribed in Pakistan since 2002. "Without global pressure, a long-term solution is unlikely, and the threat of nuclear war remains", it maintained.

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, at a media briefing, also said its non-military strike on JeM camp in Pakistan achieved its desired objective and demonstrated the country's firm resolve to take decisive action against cross border terrorism.

As India seeks to mount pressure on Pakistan to give up the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy, it is also "moving towards" urging the world community to consider declaring Pakistan a state-sponsor of terrorism, the Indian official said.

"Over the past several days we have witnessed Pakistan indulging in false propaganda and spread of misinformation".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the opposition parties' demand for proof of the Balakot air strike was making Pakistan "happy".

The telephonic conversation between the two NSAs assumes significance amid increased tension between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama attack.

India says JuD is a front for the militant Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group, which it accuses of carrying out the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which killed more than 160 people.

Those arrested so far include JeM head Masood Azhar's brother Abdul Rauf Asghar and son Hammad Azhar.

To a question, he said a Pakistani delegation will visit New Delhi to sort out modalities in connection with Kartarpur Corridor.

It said that law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention and seized 182 madrasas as part of its continuing crackdown on terror groups. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India on March 01. "Identify these people, they are not anxious about the country, but are scared of going behind the bars and that is why they want to capture power at the Centre", Modi said at a public meeting. The accusation was vehemently rejected by Islamabad but Prime Minister Khan, in order to prevent a confrontation, promised that if India shared "actionable evidence", Pakistan would investigate it.

  • Jon Douglas