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Prime Minister Khan has repeatedly said that Pakistan desired peace and stability in the region as it was essential for the government's efforts to pull the people out of poverty and attract investment.

Pakistan yesterday intensified its crackdown against Islamist militants, with the government announcing it had taken control of 182 religious schools and detained more than 100 people as part of its push against banned groups.

Speaking on behalf of Pakistan, Andrabi denied that his country had a hand in the troubles in the state, asserting that the source of the unrest was "indigenous" and cited Indian "experts" as saying it resulted from its "own operational and policy failures" that alienated Kashmiris.

It is certainly true, as a perusal of the JeM publications after February 19 shows, that they claimed credit but this is exactly what al-Qaeda and the militant Islamic State group and other terrorist organisations repeatedly did when attacks were carried out in their name. Yogi Adityanath says 400 people were killed and your minister SS Ahluwalia says that no one died.

His article came days after Pakistan, under global pressure after the Pulwama terror attack and India's air strikes against JeM terrorist camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on February 26, started taking actions against some of the terrorist outfits and their leaders over the past few days.

He thanked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for playing an active role in de-escalating tension between Pakistan and India.

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"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".

Pakistani governments have in the past made similar pledges to stop militant attacks being launched from its soil, notably in early 2002, after a raid by Pakistani-based militants on India's parliament brought the two countries to the brink of war.

"Initial inputs indicate the likely cause of accident as bird hit after take off", the Indian Air Force said in a statement.

Azhar and Saeed have never been prosecuted under the Pakistan's Anti Terrorism Act, 1997, another official said.

Going a step ahead, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) warned that India and Pakistan were "flirting with nuclear disaster". He said all the Indian designs against Pakistan went in vain as the world has totally rejected the Indian stance.

Responding to questions during his weekly media briefing, Mr Faisal said "Our desire is peace but when we talk it is considered weakness".


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