India returns key diplomat to Pakistan as tensions ease

Congress President Rahul Gandhi waves at his supporters during a public meeting in Haveri | PTI

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's government began a crackdown against Islamist militant organisations.

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

"This de-escalated a unsafe situation but more has to be done". The prime minister said March 8, 2019 that no militant group would be allowed to operate on Pakistani soil and carry out attacks overseas.

The US commitment was made in a June 2006 hearing by John Hillen, US assistant secretary of state for politico-military affairs in the state department, in response to concerns from the House International Relations Committee about the possible misuse of the fighter jet by Pakistan.

"Pakistan has banned many of these terrorist groups, including adding two more groups on March 5, but at the same time tolerates them operating within its own borders".

He said Pakistan should take concrete steps "against terrorists and terror infrastructure" on its territory. It is, however, unclear whether this "preventative detention", as Pakistan described it, will lead to criminal prosecutions and justice being served, he said.

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Health package for Thar people: Prime Minister Imran Khan announced yesterday a Health Package for Tharparkar, under which Insaf Health Cards would be provided to 112,000 families of the area, Internews reports from Islamabad. They can further that goodwill by dismantling the terrorist networks that operate within Pakistan. "If Imran Khan does not take these steps, I'm afraid Pakistan will continue to slide into global isolation, which will only serve to increase economic hardship on the Pakistani people", the Indian-American Congressman said.

"China hopes that Pakistan and India will transform the crisis into an opportunity and meet each other halfway", he added.

India blamed the attack on a Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and launched a retaliatory airstrike inside Pakistan.

This advisory has been issued in the wake of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, following the Pulwama terror attack.

The statement also said Pakistan should explain why it continues to deny that its F-16 aircraft has been shot down when there are eye-witness accounts and electronic evidence, and if, as Pakistan claims, a second Indian aircraft was shot down, why it has not shown the fuselage or produced the pilot of that aircraft.

Last week, Pakistan and India both carried out reciprocal air bombing operations in Kashmir, marking an escalation of periodic clashes along the LOC not seen in decades but that appeared to be easing in recent days with Islamabad's return of a captured Indian pilot.

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