Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Pakistani Militant Confesses To Role In Mumbai Attacks

In New Delhi on Wednesday, Home Minster Palaniappan Chidambaram told journalists that India's president approved new anti-terror legislation to beef up police powers in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. Manish Swarup/AP

From Christian Science Monitor:

The diplomatic row between India and Pakistan continues to deepen following the November terrorist attack as both countries send more troops to their borders.

A war of words continues between India and Pakistan amid new evidence that a Pakistani militant group masterminded the terrorist attacks in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) last month. And as Pakistan continues to move troops to its eastern border with India, analysts say Pakistan may be too distracted to effectively fight militants at home.

This week, The Wall Street Journal reported new evidence linking Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba to the Mumbai attacks:

At least one top leader of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, or "Army of the Pure," captured in a raid earlier this month in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, has confessed the group's involvement in the attack as India and the U.S. have alleged, according to a senior Pakistani security official....

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My Comment: Tensions may be going down right now .... but both sides will not undo centuries of distrust and animosity this year. Further complicating the situation is Pakistan's losing war against Islamic militants who are bent in overthrowing the central government. If successful .... this will throw the entire region into a permanent war footing.

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