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Pakistan has never seriously cracked down on militant groups that attack India, a leading USA daily has said, warning that the threat of nuclear war between the two nations remains as a long-term solution to the conflict is unlikely without global pressure.

The spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric was asked if the United Nations chief had spoken with the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours.

"With Pakistan's Army most likely shaken by the Indian raid and unwilling to slide into protracted conflict, Prime Minister Imran Khan returned the pilot to India, in what was seen as a goodwill gesture, called for talks and promised an investigation into the bombing".

Pakistan is facing pressure from global powers to act against groups carrying out attacks in India, including Jaish-e-Mohamed (JeM), which claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police. Referring to Pakistan's actions after the Mumbai 2008 attack, the official said most of the apprehensions either took place only on "paper" or those taken into custody were kept at "VIP guesthouses" and in "luxurious accommodations". "In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated", foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said in a statement in New Delhi.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi later said the United States, together with the help of other countries, defused the Pak-India tension that threatened a large-scale war.

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The Pakistani military has said the IAF jets released their payload which "had free fall in an open area".

On March 5, Pakistan launched a crackdown against the JeM and other proscribed outfits, taking into "protective custody" Masood Azhar's brother Mufti Abdul Rauf, and son Hammad Azhar.

Pakistan's counter-terrorism agency says the government has outlawed 68 militant groups.

JuD leader Hafiz Saeed is wanted by the US but has largely operated freely in Pakistan in the past, despite a $10 million USA bounty on his head.

Only one aircraft was lost by India during Pakistan's unsuccessful attempt at targeting Indian military installations, he said. "Identify these people, they are not anxious about the country, but are scared of going behind the bars and that is why they want to capture power at the Centre", Modi said at a public meeting.

  • Sonia Alvarado