Modi Says Those Seeking Proof For Balakot Air Strike ‘Appeasing’ Pakistan

US President Donald Trump with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Manila Philippines

US President Donald Trump with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Manila Philippines

Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood met Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday and took his advice on Indo-Pak relations before returning to his post in New Delhi.

The US-based daily, "The New York Times" says though tensions have cooled down between India and Pakistan but the two countries face unpredictable consequences as long as they refuse to deal with Kashmir issue.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged New Delhi to hold dialogue over the Kashmir conflict a few times since he assumed power a year ago and has warned that continued suppression of Kashmiris by the Indian forces will result in grim consequences.

Khan has ordered the takeover of assets and property of dozens of banned militant organizations that operate in Pakistan, including Jaish-e-Mohammad, a United Nations -designated terror group that recently pushed nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

India carried out air strikes inside Pakistan on February 26 after 40 paramilitaries died in a suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

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.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi later said the U.S., together with the help of other countries, defused the Pak-India tension that threatened a large-scale war. "Prime Minister Imran Khan should use this opportunity to reset his country's relationship with the world and chart a new course for Pakistan", he said. This was decided by all the parties of Pakistan.

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

"And we reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its UN Security Council obligations to deny terrorists safe haven and block their entry to funds". "Pakistan desires to resolve the core regional dispute through dialogue", he said.

Regarding the role of U.S. vis-à-vis Pakistan-India escalation, the daily wrote, "While the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations aggressively worked to ensure that India-Pakistan confrontations in 1999, 2002 and 2008 did not spiral out of control, the Trump administration has done little but issue a few statements urging restraint".

Pakistan on Thursday said that as part of its continuing operation against Islamist groups and their leaders, 121 people were taken into preventive detention and 182 madrasas were seized. The Director General (DG) of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor in his tweet said that one of the aircrafts fell inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmit while the other fell inside Indian territory.

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