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09 March 2019

Given the history, India has been skeptical about Pakistan's latest steps to dismantle militant groups, with Indian officials calling the action cosmetic.

Addressing the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council on Thursday, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Rajiv Chander said, "Terrorism is the most fundamental violation of human rights and we overlook it at our own peril".

"The United States' Congress stands ready to support Pakistan should Prime Minister (Imran) Khan begin cracking down on terrorist groups in earnest".

Acknowledging Indian actions as "counter-terrorism" action, Pompeo had said: "Following Indian counter-terrorism actions on February 26, I spoke with Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj to emphasise our close security partnership and shared the goal of maintaining peace and security in the region".

"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.

As the American media warn that the Kashmir dispute could lead to a nuclear conflict in South Asia, a senior U.S. general says terrorists continue to stoke tensions between India and Pakistan. "This has caused the global community to isolate Pakistan", Mr Bera said. Multiple seminaries and mosques said to be linked to groups such as JeM and Jamaatud Dawa have also been taken over by government authorities.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged New Delhi to hold dialogue over the Kashmir conflict a couple of 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. "Pakistan desires to resolve the core regional dispute through dialogue", he said. It's hard to see a role as a mediator for Trump, who has shifted the USA more firmly against Pakistan and towards India, where he has pursued business interests.

India on February 26 had bombed the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) biggest training camp in Balakot in retaliation to the February 14 Kashmir suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF troopers and was claimed by the terror group. In Islamabad, the Interior Ministry announced that a total of 121 members of the proscribed groups have so far been taken into "preventive detention" across Pakistan.

US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino's remarks came on Thursday after Islamabad launched earlier this week a crackdown on terrorist groups amid mounting pressure from the global community following the Kashmir suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF troopers and was claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). 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.

Bird collision crashes Indian jet near Pakistan border