As India deals with the physical and emotional wounds inflicted in the Mumbai attacks, an official in Islamabad said the next few days would be crucial for relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours amid claims the gunmen were all Pakistani.
(Reuters) - Indian accusations of a Pakistani link to the attacks on Mumbai that killed nearly 200 people threaten to damage attempts to improve ties between the rivals.
Indian officials have said most, perhaps all, of the 10 attackers who held Mumbai hostage with frenzied attacks using assault rifles and grenades came from
An official in
After a final battle between militants and security forces inside the Taj Mahal, Mumbai's best-known hotel, a crowd of protesters outside pumped their fists and shouted "Our soldiers came and
A senior Pakistani security official said
"If something happens on that front, the war on terror won't be our priority," the official told reporters at a briefing.
"We'll take out everything from the western border. We won't leave anything there."
Elite Black Cat commandos killed the last of the gunmen on Saturday after three days of room-to-room battling inside the Taj Mahal, one of several landmarks struck in co-ordinated attacks on Wednesday night.
Hundreds of people, many of them Westerners, were trapped or taken hostage as the gunmen hurled grenades and fired indiscriminately. At least 22 of those killed were foreigners, including businessmen and tourists.
Nine gunmen and 20 police and soldiers were also killed.
A tenth militant caught alive told interrogators they wanted to be remembered for an Indian version of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said "elements" in
"The Congress calls upon
They embarked on a peace process in 2004 that has ground on for the past four years.
"These are sensitive moments,"
A high ranking security officer in
"Brutal terror strikes at will. Weak government. Unwilling and incapable. Fight terror -- Vote BJP," said one election ad, written over a blood-red stain on a black background.
"Investigation carried out so far has revealed the hand of Pakistan-based groups in the Mumbai attack,"
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, battling Islamic radicals in his own nation, told CNN-IBN television he would cooperate with the investigations.
"If any evidence comes of any individual or group in any part of my country, I shall take the swiftest of action in the light of evidence and in front of the world," he said.
The attacks struck at the heart of Mumbai, the engine of an economic boom that has made
The city of 18 million is also home to the "Bollywood" film industry, the epitome of glamour in a country blighted by poverty.
Date created : 2008-11-30