Pakistan Rejects India's Charges, Seeks Proof


By Emily Wax and Rama Lakshmi
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, November 30, 2008; A19
MUMBAI, Nov. 29 -- Pakistan demanded late Saturday that India produce evidence to support allegations it was involved in the three-day assault on India's financial and cultural capital, a battle that came to a close earlier in the day.
Indian officials said they had killed or captured 10 gunmen responsible for the rampage through Mumbai, as authorities pulled more bodies from the wreckage of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel. Mourners marched in tearful funeral processions for some of the nearly 200 people killed in the attacks, which also targeted another hotel, a Jewish center and several other sites. Six Americans were among the dead.
Indian intelligence officials said Saturday that the only surviving attacker was from Pakistan.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his government was not involved. "If they have evidence, they should share it with us. Our hands are clean," he said at a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. "We have nothing to be ashamed of."
Pakistan warned that it would redeploy troops involved in the terrorism fight on its border with Afghanistan to its frontier with India in response to any Indian troop movements.
"Tension with India is mounting. The situation is very critical, and the next 48 hours are very crucial," a senior Pakistani official said on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. He said Pakistan had put its air force and navy on high alert. "In case of any Indian aggression, Pakistan will respond to it in a matching way," he said.
Similar finger-pointing after an attack on the Indian Parliament brought the two governments to the brink of war in 2001.
In Washington, U.S. intelligence officials said the evidence continues to point to a connection to Kashmiri separatists, although the sources stressed that the investigation has barely gotten underway.
"We're in the very early innings," said a U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "But now that the shooting is over, the Indians have a lot to work with." Key clues will probably come from the gunmen themselves, "both the living and the dead," he said.
Islamist fighters in Pakistan have sought for years to provoke a new war between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, the disputed province that both countries claimed after the 1947 partition of the subcontinent. Indian and Western intelligence officials have specifically cited Lashkar-i-Taiba, an Islamist network based in Pakistan that was founded to fight the Indian army in Kashmir.
On Friday, Pakistan reversed a decision to send its spy chief to aid India's investigation, saying it would send a lower-level official. But officials said they would help India identify and capture those behind the attacks.
"My heart bleeds for India," Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari told an Indian television channel. "As president of Pakistan, if any evidence points to anyone in my country," his government will take action, he said.
Nationalistic pride has surged across India even as officials struggled to deal with accusations of a delayed government response to the crisis and poor coordination, especially at a Jewish center in Mumbai where five people were killed, including a rabbi from New York and his wife.
At a meeting in New Delhi, officials said they would station special commando forces in cities to expedite crisis response, and they emphasized the need for better coordination between the forces and local police.
"Now we are thinking about how to reduce the delay and get into action and not lose the golden hour," M.L. Kumawat, special secretary of internal security, said at a news conference in New Delhi. "In the very near future, we will have such units at least in the big metropolitan cities. And in just a few hours, they will be able to mount an operation."
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with security agencies Saturday and has called a meeting of all the political parties Sunday to discuss an anti-terrorism plan.
In Washington, President Bush promised to support India in its recovery effort and investigation.
"We mourn those who lost their lives, including American citizens," he said. "We pray that the injured will recover. We pledge the full support of the United States as India investigates these attacks, brings the guilty to justice and sustains its democratic way of life."
Lakshmi reported from New Delhi. Staff writer Joby Warrick in Washington and special correspondents Shaiq Hussain and Haq Nawaz Khan in Islamabad contributed to this report.

What I say: Manmohan, Simply delcare a war on Pakistan under the suspision of terrorism. If Bush can do it! You can too! Whats more you can even prove unlike Bush!


Anonymous said...

War on Pakistan wouldn't work. They're officially our allies in fighting terror, simply by virtue of their being allied to the U.S in their war on terror. Also, their war machine can match ours. Finally, our war is with the terrorsits within Pakistan and not the Pakistani's themselves. Just because they oppose our occupation of Kashmir doesn't make all Pakistani's terrorists.

The truth is that Pakistan has been in the recent past the most prolific of terror exporters. This is a fact. The probability that elements within Pakistan's ISI still support terror activities is also quite high. And the fact hat Pakistan isn't able to deal with their own terror problems any better than India can has been proven. keeping these circumstances in mind it would be improper to declare war on our neighbour, which would also alienate us from the international community.

Instead, I propose surprise attacks on terrorist training camps and hideouts in Pakistan (we already have satellite images of these). We can justify these attacks with the fact that we are only helping our neighbour deal with their own terrorist problems and protecting both our nation's people. Increasing defence spending would be great as well, coupled with much needed reforms in the security field.

Bobby said...

Dan look at the attack! it is so damn fucking planned and this planning cannot be done without any governmental help!
And the funding - seriously they must be getting foreign and government support.
What you propose is good surprise attacks on those camps!

adrian said...

First things first: KEEP BUSH OUT OF IT!

Well, the idiot doesn't even know were India or Pakistan is located!
Were bush is concerned, India and Pakistan are located at the crossroads of Second first street and fourth street, somewhere down Elephant street........

Secondly, the internet is buzzing with assumed info about connections to CIA and MOSSAD....... from both USA and Israelian sources......., and instead of contributing to a possible nuclear dispute in the region, were only one already jumpy nation is waiting for to add to the increase of tensions, and cover for an attack on Iran as attention would be taken away from the western part of the region...., it would be better to AND consider Pakistan not being involved and trying to solve the matter in cooperation, AND to start battling the freedom-fighters of Kashmir region, were on a daily basis attacks and bombings are taking place!

We all know that the region is tense, and that only one little spark is enough to put the whole region into flames, and nobody wants that to happen, so keep a cool head, and don't add to the already piling up tensions and emotions!

But... under all circumstances..... KEEP BUSH OUT OF IT, the man is a dumber then dumb, and has no clue as to were he'd be jumping!

My opinion

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