Stepping up pressure on Pakistan, the United States has asked Islamabad to take "sustained and irreversible" actions against terrorist groups operating from its territory to prevent future attacks and promote regional stability. "The resolutions that were passed with reference to Indian terrorism in Kashmir were sponsored by Pakistan". Residents have said just one person was injured.
His comments came amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the February 14 Kashmir suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF troopers. "Pakistan is trying to divert attention from our concern over terrorism to their concern over a so-called threat from India".
Consequently the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a so-called "surgical air strike" on Feb 26 morning an alleged militant training camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), without producing a shred of evidence Modi claimed eliminating "large numbers of militants (300)".
Sources said the military officials of the two armies spoke over the hotline on Tuesday during which India had asked Pakistani side not to target civilian population along the LoC.
"While we are being told that hard action is being taken against the JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, all that has been done is that they are only on the watchlist".
Another resident, Rubina Bibi, 32, said she wants peace "so that we can live without leaving our own villages" in Kashmir.
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"Initial inputs indicate the likely cause of accident as bird hit after take off", the Indian Air Force said in a statement.
An article in the Atlantic magazine suggested that both countries were hiding facts from their people while working quietly to prevent a war.
Responding to questions during his weekly media briefing, Faisal claimed Pakistan "defeated India militarily, diplomatically and politically in the ongoing border row, which has de-escalated over the past few days".
Pakistani authorities have lodged a case against Indian pilots for destroying trees in Jaba village, Balakot, the country's environment minister confirmed on Friday. "Pakistan desires to resolve the core regional dispute through dialogue", he said.
Pakistani officials say this crackdown is part of a long-planned drive and not a response to Indian anger.
Reiterating that his country wanted peace, Khan said: "We returned the pilot because we don't want war".