Popular support for militants complicates Pakistan crackdown

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Islamabad's move comes after amid growing worldwide pressure in the wake of a bombing in Pulwama by Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist group based in Pakistan. He said foreign ministers of China, Russia, Turkey, UAE and Jordan also played a significant role in reducing tension between the two countries.

The article stated that Islamabad and New Delhi were "long among the world's most antagonistic neighbours" and that it was fortunate they found "the good sense to de-escalate". The minister said consequent to the government's efforts and effective diplomacy, the perception about Pakistan had changed in the US.

"This government will not allow Pakistan's land to be used for any kind of outside terrorism", Khan said while addressing a rally in southern Pakistan.

Afeter Pulwama, India has adopted an aggressive strategy in dealing with the global community to help isolate Pakistan on the issue of terrorism.

The situation between the neighbouring countries turned hostile in a tit-for-tat airstrikes following the Pulwama attack that killed over 40 Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.

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Going a step ahead, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) warned that India and Pakistan were "flirting with nuclear disaster".

Those arrested so far include JeM head Masood Azhar's brother Abdul Rauf Asghar and son Hammad Azhar.

Another man, Mohammad Naseem, said there were madrasas in the area, opened during the rule of General Zia-ul-Haq, whose Islamisation policies during his 1977-1988 rule are largely seen as bringing radicalisation to Pakistan, but "there is no madrasa or anything like that here anymore".

It said that law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention and seized 182 madrasas as part of its continuing crackdown on terror groups.

Sources said the military officials of the two armies spoke over the hotline on Tuesday during which India had asked Pakistani side not to target civilian population along the LoC. India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot on 26 February. The Indian Air Force struck a Jaish terror training camp in Pakistan's Balakot; Pakistan retaliated the next day by targeting Indian military installations which led to an aerial dogfight between jets of the two nations. "The proposed neutral venue could be in any Arab country", said one official.

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