Pakistan's High Commissioner to India returns to his post in New Delhi

Pakistan's High Commissioner to India returns to his post in New Delhi

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, at a media briefing, also said that an Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison, piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft and there were eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence for it.

One such attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14, claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Pakistan-based group, killed 40 Indian paramilitary police and led to clashes between the nuclear-armed rivals as India retaliated.

However, New Delhi's presentation of parts of an Amraam missile discharged on its territory has put Pakistan in a spot.

The moves come after the two countries recalled their diplomats for consultations as tensions flared after a February 14 suicide attack on a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers in Pulwama in the Indian-held portion Kashmir that killed 40 soldiers.

Pakistan should take "verifiable and credible steps against terrorist organisations and terrorists" allegedly acting on its territory, the Hindustan Times cited an unnamed Indian official as saying on Friday.

But Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also recently denied in a television interview that JeM had claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

Kumar said a recent United Nations statement also called for "perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of terrorism to be held accountable and brought to justice".

He also had a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad yesterday.

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The Indian spokesman said "the widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge within and outside Pakistan". It also says shut a number of facilities and frozen assets of several outlawed organizations.

India accused Pakistan of harbouring the Jaish-e-Mohammad group behind the attack and Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised a strong response.

New Delhi has heavily criticised Islamabad's failure to rein in militant groups operating on Pakistani soil.

"India hasn't shared yet any actionable information and proof against anybody", he added.

Asserting that India has the right to self-defence, the official told reporters that New Delhi by successfully carrying out strikes inside Pakistan "has been able to call the Pakistani bluff" on the nuclear front.

India said its air force hit a terrorist training camp and killed "a very large number" of militants.

In what Islamabad described as retaliation to India's airstrike operation - prompted by the JEM terrorist attack on Valentine's Day - Islamabad shot down a warplane and detained the pilot last Wednesday.

Since then, the two sides have exercised restraint amid calls from the global community to avoid war.