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Pakistan army: We must ‘avoid conflict’ with India

December 29, 2008

Pakistan’s army chief stressed Monday the need to avoid conflict with India, days after he ordered troops toward the rivals’ shared border amid tensions following last month’s terror attacks on Mumbai.

Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani made the remarks to a top Chinese diplomat who was visiting Islamabad to try and ease the situation between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India.

Kayani‘s remarks were believed to be his first about the tensions with Pakistan’s traditional rival and could help reassure a jittery region that the country does not intend to escalate the crisis further.

On Friday, Pakistani intelligence officials said thousands of troops were being shifted toward the Indian border, though there has been no sign yet of a major build up at the frontier.

Without referring specifically to the situation, Kayani told Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei of the “need to de-escalate and avoid conflict in the interest of peace and security,” a brief army statement said.

India blames Pakistani militants for the slaughter of 164 people in its commercial capital and has not ruled out the use of force in its response. Pakistan’s civilian leaders have said they do not want war, but will retaliate if attacked.

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Chairman JCS: Pakistan Has Taken “Great Steps” Since Mumbai and Against Terrorists

December 10, 2008

The top U.S. military officer said Wednesday he likes what he sees so far in Pakistan’s response to last month’s terror attacks in India, including the arrests of key militants, but said time will tell if Pakistan’s crackdown is for real. “We measure by deeds,” Adm. Mike Mullen said.

By ANNE GEARAN, AP Military Writer

Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, ... 
Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, speaks to the media during a news briefing at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. Mullen said both India and Pakistan have shown admirable restraint following the deadly attack on the financial center of Mumbai, and that Pakistan has taken good first steps by arresting key militants who may have had a hand in planning the attack.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Mullen visited Pakistan and India last week, tag-teaming the pressure on Pakistan’s shaky civilian government with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Describing his meetings to reporters, Mullen said he was impressed by the stated commitment of Pakistani leaders.

“I sense a real appreciation for both the seriousness of the attacks and the growing threats of terrorism inside their own borders,” Mullen said at the Pentagon.

He praised raids on militant facilities that followed his visit, and gave Pakistan’s influential military chief an unusually strong endorsement.

The media-shy Army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, is sometimes described as Pakistan’s shadow ruler. Mullen noted the two have met frequently in the past several months, although he did not mention the context for some of their discussions — the rise in U.S.-Pakistan tensions over U.S. terror-hunting raids on Pakistani soil.

“In my interactions with him, we’ve usually discussed how to move forward. And what he’s told me he would do he has done,” Mullen said. “This is another example of that.”

Mullen said he is encouraged that Pakistan seems to have arrested “some of the right people, significant players” in the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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