India returns key diplomat to Pakistan as tensions ease

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India said Saturday (March 9) that its army is on a "strict vigil" for new attacks from Pakistan and renewed warnings to its neighbour to take concrete action against militant groups.

In a pinpointed and swift air strike that lasted less than two minutes, India pounded JeM's biggest training camp in Pakistan on February 26, killing up to 350 terrorists and trainers who were moved there for their protection after the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in which 40 soldiers were killed.

Amid soaring tensions between the two neighbouring countries, Pakistan had called back its high commissioner in India for consultations on Februray 18.

Kumar said that a reported Pakistani crackdown earlier in the week on seminaries, mosques and hospitals belonging to outlawed groups and the arrests of dozens of people was not enough, and that Pakistan should take concrete steps "against terrorists and terror infrastructure" on its territory. Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood is also scheduled to return to New Delhi today.

Pakistan has chose to "upgrade" a group of banned outfits, including the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), to a "high" risk category and start monitoring and re-examining their activities to comply with obligations of global watchdog Financial Action Task Force or FATF, according to a media report today.

The Indian spokesman said "the widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge within and outside Pakistan".

Pakistan's information minister, Fawad Chaudhry, said Saturday that his country was acting against the banned militant outfits and would not allow anyone to "use Pakistani land for terrorism against any country".

The dossier was handed over to Pakistan after Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address to the nation had offered Indian government to hold dialogue.

Pakistani officials say this crackdown is part of a long-planned drive and not a response to Indian anger. Pakistan said the strike only damaged three trees in a forest.

The following day, Pakistan downed an Indian MiG-21 jet and captured its pilot in a dogfight with India, which also resulted in the downing of one Pakistani F-16.

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