‘Pak never seriously cracked down on militants’

NEW YORK, Mar 8: Pakistan has never seriously cracked down on militant groups that attack India, a leading US 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 international pressure.
The New York Times in an Op-ed titled ‘This Is Where a Nuclear Exchange Is Most Likely. (It’s Not North Korea.)’ said the current focus on North Korea’s growing arsenal obscures the fact that the most likely trigger for a nuclear exchange could be the conflict between India and Pakistan.
The paper said the relative calm after last week’s confrontation between the two nations is not a solution.
“As long as India and Pakistan refuse to deal with their core dispute? the future of Kashmir? they face unpredictable, possibly terrifying, consequences,” it said.
The current crisis started on February 14, when a suicide bomber martyred 44 CRPF personnel in Pulwama. Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed took responsibility for the attack.
While the JeM is on America’s list of terrorist organisations and is formally banned in Pakistan, the group has been protected and armed by the Pakistani intelligence service, the paper said. (PTI)