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India rules out attack against Pakistan

India rules out attack against Pakistan
Tue, 02 Dec 2008 17:13:46 GMT

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari (L) with Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee

India has ruled out a military action against Pakistan in response to alleged involvement of Pakistani militants in Mumbai terror attacks.

Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday that only “time will show” what will be done by India but made it clear that nobody was talking about military action.

“Now, we have asked (for) the arrest and handover of those persons who are settled in Pakistan and who are fugitives of Indian law,” Mukherjee said.

The foreign minister said the names were given during a formal protest to the high commissioner of Pakistan over the attacks in Mumbai.

India was quick to blame Pakistani-based ‘elements’ for staging the deadly attacks across its financial capital last week, saying it bore the fingerprint of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group blamed for previous attacks in India.

Mukherjee’s positive remarks come after Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari in an interview warned that the militants were capable of destabilizing the whole region. He stressed that the two countries should not allow the attacks to taint relations.

“We live in troubled times where non-state actors have taken us to war before, whether it is the case of those who perpetrated [the] 9/11 [attacks] or contributed to the escalation of the situation in Iraq,” Zardari said

Zardari’s warning over the spread of violence in the whole region comes as the country has been hit by a wave of violence and thousands lost their lives since former military ruler Pervez Musharraf joined the US-led war in terror following the 9/11 attacks.

Some analysts believe Pakistan has become a scapegoat for the failures of the war on terror doctrine as violence in Afghanistan surged to a record level this year after six years of war.

India is the next country after Pakistan which has been hit by violence and terrorist attacks after the Bush administration–under the ‘war on terror’ doctrine –invaded Afghanistan to eradicate insurgency.

The US is now building pressure on Pakistan, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who arrives in Delhi tomorrow for talks with Indian leaders, saying Islamabad must “follow evidence wherever it leads” and lend ‘absolute’ and ‘transparent’ cooperation to New Delhi in the probe into the Mumbai terror strikes.


Written by morris

December 2, 2008 at 6:36 pm

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