Pakistan moves troops toward Indian border

It is difficult to determine what exactly is going on between India and pakistan just now.  News sources say Pakistan has cancelled all army leave and has started to move troops toward the border with India.  But yesterday, Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani said there was ‘absolutely no chance of war” with India.  Pakistan and India are both flying war aircraft in close proximity with one another making the situation very tense…. began moving thousands of troops away from the Afghan border toward India on Friday amid tensions following the Mumbai attacks, intelligence officials said.

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The move represents a sharp escalation in the stand off between the nuclear-armed neighbors and stands to weaken Pakistan’s U.S.-backed campaign against al-Qaida and Taliban close to Afghanistan.

Two intelligence officials said the army’s 14th Division was being redeployed to Kasur and Sialkot, close to the Indian border. They said some 20,000 troops were on the move. Earlier Friday, a security official said that all troop leave had been canceled.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

By SEBASTIAN ABBOT, Associated Press Writer

Indian officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

An Associated Press reporter in Dera Ismail Khan, a district that borders the Afghan-frontier province of South Waziristan, said he saw around 40 trucks loaded with soldiers heading away from the Afghan border.

India is blaming Pakistan-based militants for last month’s attacks on Mumbai. Islamabad has said it will cooperate in any probe, but says it has seen no evidence backing up India’s claims.

Both countries have said they hope to avoid military conflict, but Pakistan has promised to respond aggressively if India uses force, an option the Indian government has not ruled out.

Pakistan has deployed more than 100,000 soldiers in Waziristan and other northwestern regions to fight Islamic militants blamed for surging violence against Western troops in Afghanistan.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081226/ap_on_re_a
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Related:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/12
/26/india.pakistan.tensions/index.html?section=cnn_latest

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5 Responses to “Pakistan moves troops toward Indian border”

  1. Mahendra Singh Says:

    Would anyone educate Indian Press? War euphoria, just to sell the papers and gain trp, and in a way playing with the Pakistan. Even a child would guess it correct, in order to divert world’s attention from the main issue, Pakistan would create a war frenzy, which has been done successfully.
    Pakistan knows that now the focus would shift to stopage of war, which is not likely to take place at all. Had India wanted precision airstrikes, the time is over as all terror camps are shifted or evacuated. So no point in that. BSF is still patrolling our borders, as it does durin peace time. No fiuther army movements or for that mater no extra sorties have been taken out on Indian side. It is Pakistan moving its forces further, the whole world knows Zardari and Gilani are just puppet, real ruler is Pak General, who is involved in Mumbai attacks. Why do we involve in any kind of negotiations with poor Zardari and Gilani? Indian diplomacy failed, no presure was created, precision strike opportunities already lost, India press helping Pakistan’s cause by creating war euphoria, which is not at all here.

  2. Anna Says:

    Nice tactic to get money from US huh, Indian PM already told there will be no war, but still these pakis are moving their troops to India border, just to say to US that see we cant help you guys bcoz we need our troops in Indian border, then US will beg pakis to dont do that will give you more money and then warn India not to go to war. I AM INDIAN IMMIGRANT IN USA, I feel terrible when I see my hard earned tax dollars are going to Pakis who attack my country with the help of terrorists.

  3. hersh Says:

    http://businessandstate.blogspot.com/

    Five reasons for and against Indo-Pak war
    I write this with no levity– there is a strong case to be made against a war in the subcontinent. There is, however, also a case to be made in favor of one. I’d make the two, and hope to read your comments and views on the topic.

    The case against is indubitably fiercely strong and, long term interests given preeminence, a most incontrovertible one. I’d enunciate five “pillar” arguments in favor of Peace in the Indian subcontinent;
    The two nations are nuclear-armed.
    The countries are poor, and densely populated, making widespread misery inevitable.
    A war will make matters much worse
    External interference will increase after a war
    Multinational entities and capital will leave the region in droves, and development and commerce will be set back a century.

    However, as I said in the beginning, there is constrained logic that makes a hesitant case in favor of a war

    more at …

    http://businessandstate.blogspot.com/

  4. Paul in Miami Says:

    When will Pakistan get out of bed with the whore of terrorism? I’m sure the Indian Army can take them on and wipe them out. It is surprising that they
    have not done so already. On the other hand India is an upcoming country and Pakistan seems to want to live in the dark ages. I’m sorry, but the Indians are not the aggressors here.

  5. Dera Ismail Khan Says:

    i agree with you

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