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India calls for UN-led consensus on zero tolerance on terrorism

09 March 2019

Pakistan is a "global epicentre of terrorism and it needs to take verifiable and credible steps against terrorist organisations and terrorists", said the official on condition of anonymity.

"Both the Generals deliberated on the developing regional security environment, the issue of global terrorism and Pakistan's continued support to terrorism was also discussed", said the statement.

"We reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council obligations to deny terrorists safe haven and block their entry to funds", said Palladino.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said no militant group would be allowed to operate from Pakistani soil to carry out attacks overseas, days after his government announced a sweeping crackdown against Islamist militant organizations.

"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.

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

As the American media warn that the Kashmir dispute could lead to a nuclear conflict in South Asia, a senior United States general says terrorists continue to stoke tensions between India and Pakistan.

He said the JeM facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar, the Chief of JeM. It is, however, unclear whether this "preventative detention", as Pakistan described it, will lead to criminal prosecutions and justice being served, he said. "If Pakistan plays a positive role in achieving a settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan, the USA will have opportunity and motive to help Pakistan fulfil that role, as peace in the region is the most important mutual priority for the U.S. and Pakistan", he said.

Pakistan on Friday lodged a FIR against "unidentified pilots" of the Indian Air Force (IAF) for bombing and destroying 19 trees in the Balakot area, according to a media report, days after New Delhi launched a preemptive strike against the Jaish-e-Mohammed's largest training camp in the country.

The official warned that India will conduct retaliatory counter-terrorism operations like the one in late February deep inside Pakistan "anytime there is an act of terrorism coming from across the border".

Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed or JeM exploded over 60 kg of RDX near a CRPF bus, killing more than 40 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force, while losing an F-16 jet of their own.

India calls for UN-led consensus on zero tolerance on terrorism