India says Pakistan hiding information by blocking access to bombing site

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while speaking to reporters on Wednesday, said Mahmood would be sent back to New Delhi, as Islamabad intends to "de-escalate" tensions with India, and normalise relations with the eastern neighbour.

Slamming Islamabad for continuing to deny that JeM's roots were in Pakistan, Kumar said: "It is unfortunate that Pakistan still continues to deny JeM's own claim of carrying out the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, reports IANS".

Ami Bera, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, also urged China to play a constructive role by lifting its veto over UN Security Council resolution to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

An influential US Congressman has warned that Pakistan will continue to slide into worldwide isolation if it does not take actions against terrorist groups operating from its soil.

The worldwide media has already dubbed the aerial combat of Feb 27 as an 'embarrassing episode' for the Indian Air Force at the hands of Pakistan Air Force which shot down two of their warplanes, killing one pilot and arresting the other, who ejected himself out of the crashing jet in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan today said no militant group would be allowed to operate on Pakistani soil and carry out attacks overseas, days after his government began a crackdown against Islamist militant organisations.

The Indian spokesman said "the widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge within and outside Pakistan".

Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Saturday that his country was acting against the banned militant outfits and it would not allow anyone to "use the Pakistani land for terrorism against any country".

"Pakistan's High Commissioner to India will be returning to New Delhi, after completion of consultations in Islamabad", the FO later announced through a media statement.

Pakistani officials say this crackdown is part of a long-planned drive and not a response to Indian anger.

Two intruding IAF jets were later downed by Pakistan and a pilot was captured.

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  • Rogelio Becker