The Pakistan army is confronting a quandary as to which way it should be facing–to the east against India or to the west against the Taliban and al-Qaeda. There are reports Pakistan forces have been moving away from the northeast frontier and shifting over to eastern regions in order to face up against the Indian army. The Pakistan military insisted Indian troops had been moved close to the border, but the Indian army insists there has been no such movement. As uncertainty grows concerning the effort Pakistan will place on dealing with the Taliban, Coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan may soon face a problem if there supply routes are blocked by Taliban insurgents. There may be need to make arrangements with nations to the north of Afghanistan in order to ensure safe supply routes.
Militant attacks on supply routes and destruction of trucks parked in cities demonstrated the precarious situation of Coalition forces in Afghanistan. US military sources insist they have plenty of supplies but as roads become blocked and insurgents step up the pressure, the departure to the east of Pakistan troops will only make the situation even more complex and dangerous.
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As Pakistan planes zoomed in the sky preparing to deal with any aircraft from India that might be launching an attack, the prime minister of India spoke of peace and conciliation. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh insisted that “nobody wants war” and tried to reduce tension between the countries. Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, again visited Pakistan to urge calm and avoidance of provocative actions that might inflame the situation. The head of Interpol visiting in New Dehli, said Pakistan had agreed to cooperate with his organization in tracking down those involved in the Mumbai attacks. India has yet to share its information with Pakistan which has complicated the situation. However, it claims the captured gunman Mohammed Ajmal Kasab said he came from Pakistan.
Step one is allowing Interpol to play an important role in the investigation and this means both sides have to open files. Step two is for Pakistan to finally clean house in its secret service, the ISI and make that organization a force for peace, not for arming groups to carry out terrorist attacks.
India’s Prime Minister Mamohan Singh told Pakistan there could be no true peace between the two nations until Pakistan wipes terrorists from their soil. He emphasized his government’s desire for friendly relations and improved economic ties but insisted there had to be evidence Pakistan was serious about dealing with terrorism within its own borders. ‘Our silence and good intentions to improve relations with Pakistan should not be mistaken as our weakness. we are determined to fight terrorism and defeat it decisively.” He also promised to ensure the people of the divided area of Kashmir would benefit from economic prosperity if they supported his political party.
There is no question terrorist groups exist in Pakistan and some were even created by its secret service, the ISI. But, terrorism is a two way street and India also has terrorist extreme Hindu minded nationalists who preach hatred toward those not Hindu and carry out terrorist attacks on Christians and Muslims. if India is serious about dealing with terrorism, the fight should also begin at home.
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Tagged Hindu nationalists, India, Pakistan terrorists
India and Pakistan are like two boxers circling one another seeking to uncover a soft spot on which to land a verbal punch. Tension between the nuclear armed rivals has been rising since terrorist attacks on Mumbai. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, insisted his nation’s investigation was being hampered by the refusal of Indian authorities to provide information while India retorts terrorists came from Pakistan where they received training and equipment from Pakistan military officials. Qureshi said Pakistan wanted creation of a joint commission and launching a joint investigation into the Mumbai attacks, “in an earnest effort to move forward in an area which equally concerns both Pakistan and India.”
However, Hafeez Muhammad Saeed, founder of the terrorist Jamaat-ud-Daawa has only been placed under house arrest even though it is clear the terrorists came from that organization. A few years ago Pakistan was hailing the terrorist organization for assisting in earthquake relief, but now is uncertain how to handle a group that was begun by the Pakistan secret service, ISI, and now is on the list of terrorist organizations. Pakistan has made some effort to arrest members of the group, but until they are placed on trial and convicted and sent to jail, India will not be satisfied.