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Pakistan Against Terror: “deliberately not taking action or incapable”

January 28, 2009

Before America pumps a lot more money into Pakistan to fight terrorism, we Americans might consider the words of India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the issue of anti-terror action by Pakistan:

“Yes, one way you can make a differentiation that they are deliberately not doing or are incapable of doing. But as far as  India is concerned, the net impact is the same … the perpetrators are launching terror attacks from the territory of Pakistan,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

“The infrastructural facilities there (are) used by them (for) committing crimes in India, not necessarily in this case but in a large number of cases in the past,” he said in an interview with Al Jazeera news channel.

Mukherjee said India expects the Pakistan government to act against the perpetrators of terror acts operating from Pakistani soil.

“We expect Pakistan to act. Whatever is to be done from our side we are doing so … but Pakistan has to act because the handlers and planners (of  Mumbai attacks) were from Pakistan,” he said.


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China’s Offer As Peacemaker Between Pakistan, India Rejected

December 30, 2008

China, a longtime adversary of India, tried in vain to become an “honest broker”  between India and Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai terror massacre.  But predictably, India rejected the notion….


China’s aim of playing some kind of an “honest broker” between India and Pakistan did not end up as it had imagined.

Although Pakistan welcomed Chinese special envoy He Yafei with open arms on Monday, India  developed some last-minute hearing disability that prevented him from visiting Delhi. It left China with a mission incomplete, but a message from India that cannot be ignored.

By The Times of India

According to reports from Pakistan, the Chinese envoy met the top leadership in Islamabad and told them to “de-escalate” tensions with India. He also said a conflict would only strengthen the hands of terrorists. China, he said, was “deeply worried about the resurfacing of tensions in South Asia.”   

Over the weekend, during a phone call made by China’s foreign minister Yang Jiechi to Pranab Mukherjee, he suggested that resuming talks with Pakistan could be constructive. Mukherjee, already on a short fuse, rejected any such suggestion. But Pakistan picked up on it and its foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday repeated the call for resumption of talks.

The official Chinese version of the phone conversation said, “China hopes that India and Pakistan, both important neighbours of China, would bear in mind regional peace and stability, properly handle related issues through dialogue and consultations, and continue to improve their relations and to push forward the peace process between the two countries.”

India’s discomfort with such do-good missions is well known and China certainly is no stranger to it. But clearly, China wanted to get a foot into the cauldron here, thereby achieving a couple of key objectives, said sources. First, to acquire a status of the regional big brother, keeping squabbling countries at peace, and second, to keep India in “its place” – the South Asian box.

India has tried hard to widen the terrorism debate after the Mumbai attacks beyond Pakistan, but without much success. Part of the reason is the history of the region and partly because Pakistan wants to keep it to the bilateral dynamic. In this, Pakistan is helped along by China.

China had put a “technical hold” on the ban of the JuD in the UN Security Council and only relaxed it after the Mumbai attacks made it impossible to keep on with it.

Pakistan wants talks, India denies military escalation

December 30, 2008

Pakistan on Tuesday called for talks with India to defuse tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, as New Delhi denied claims it had moved troops into offensive positions on the border.


The comments from the foreign ministers of the south Asian rivals were the latest in a series of tit-for-tat responses since the Mumbai attacks that India blamed on Pakistan-based militants, triggering a deterioration in relations. “Dialogue is in the interest of both the countries — we should sit across the table,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a policy statement broadcast live on local television.

“India should de-activate its forward air bases and relocate its ground forces to peacetime positions,” Qureshi said. “This will send a positive signal and reduce tensions in the region.”

Qureshi described developments in the past two days — such as a hotline conversation between high-level military officials from the two countries — as “positive”.

But his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee quickly fired back, saying New Delhi had carried out no military movements near the already heavily militarised common border beyond a “normal winter exercise”.

“First there should be escalation from the Indian side, then the question of de-escalation will come. We have not escalated anything,” Mukherjee told the Press Trust of India news agency.

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India: (Slighly Veiled) Threat To Pakistan

December 21, 2008

India is keeping ‘open’ the option of a military strike on Pakistani soil even as the two hotels attacked in Mumbai reopened their doors.

By Rahul Bedi in Mumbai
As the Taj Mahal Palace hotel and the nearby Trident-Oberoi invited guests through their doors following the attacks that killed more than 170 people, the Indian government made clear that it held Pakistan responsible.

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India To Pakistan: “Military Option Still On The Table”

“Terrorism remains a scourge for our region. If a country [Pakistan] cannot keep the assurances that it has given, then it obliges us to consider the entire range of options that exist to protect our interests and people from this menace,” said Pranab Mukherjee, the Indian foreign minister.

Mr Mukherjee and the defence minister A K Antony met India’s three service chiefs and senior security officials on Saturday to consider all possible scenarios against their nuclear rival and neighbour, which they believe has given shelter to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Islamist group accused of masterminding the Mumbai attacks.

Guests have already begun to trickle into the Trident, with about 100 of the 550 rooms booked and all four restaurants operational for the first full day of business in just over three weeks.

Earlier a private, multi-faith ceremony “to pray for solace and a safer future in the days ahead” was held at the hotel.

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Pakistan: Outsiders Need Not Speculate on Terror, Mumbai: “Irresponsible”

December 21, 2008

Pakistan’s foreign minister said it will be “irresponsible” to speculate on the Mumbai attacks before the probe result. He added that Pakistan has the capability to defend itself.  But the Indian foreign minister said Pakistan should be making arrests….


From the Times of India

“We do not want aggression or war and we want peace. But if war is imposed on us, we have the capability and right to defend ourselves,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Multan in reply to a question about the tensions between India and Pakistan.

“Pakistan’s defence and security is complete. Pakistan’s government and armed forces are alert. We have every right to defend the country,” he added.

Pakistani fighter jets on Sunday attacked suspected Taliban ... 
Pakistani fighter jets on Sunday attacked suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda positions in a lawless tribal area on the border with Afghanistan, killing four militants.(AFP/File/Aamir Qureshi)

Noting that it was in the interest of both Pakistan and India to defuse tensions instead of escalating the situation, Qureshi reiterated Islamabad’s offer to cooperate with New Delhi to probe the terrorist attacks on India’s financial hub that killed over 180 people.

“We are ready for cooperation because this is in our interests. We have only one policy how to defend Pakistan’s interests,” he said, adding that Pakistan condemned terrorism across the world.

“It is easy to talk emotionally, but at this time, the whole region needs to act with wisdom and not passion.”

India To Pakistan: “Military Option Still On The Table”

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Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee speaks at a business ... 
Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee speaks at a business meeting in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata December 21, 2008. Mukherjee said Pakistan had enough evidence to take action against suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba gunmen. “We have evidence like the satellite phone conversations, which were intercepted,” Mukherjee told reporters in the east Indian city of Kolkata during a visit on Sunday.