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Meanwhile, On The Indian Subcontinent

by @ 3:53 pm on December 4, 2008. Filed under Foreign Affairs, India, Pakistan, War On Terror

Is another India-Pakistan confrontation at hand ?

NEW DELHI: India’s defence minister summoned the army, navy and air force chiefs Wednesday to warn them to be prepared for terror attacks from the air and the sea in the wake of growing criticism about slack security, missed warnings, and a bungled response to the Mumbai attacks.

Defence Minister AK Antony told his military chiefs that they needed to improve intelligence coordination so that security forces could act on all credible threats, according to a ministry statement.

The statement said Antony discussed beefing up maritime security and reviewed in detail the preparedness against any possible terror threats from air.

Defence Ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said the moves were a precaution and not based on concrete intelligence. “We saw how they came through the sea routes,” said Kar. “We are not ruling out any threats … it’s a preventive measure.”

Perhaps, but you can’t help but wonder otherwise when you take that report in combination with this:

India has served Pakistan with a demand to hand over 20 of its most feared criminals and militants, seeking co-operation with its neighbour rather than military confrontation in response to last week’s attacks on Mumbai.

Pranab Mukherjee, India’s foreign minister, said on Tuesday: “We have asked for the arrest and handover of those persons who are settled in Pakistan and who are fugitives of Indian law.

“Nobody is talking of military action [against Pakistan],” he said of the threat of a rapid deterioration of relations between the two nuclear armed rivals.

Maybe not directly, but these two nations have a history of flaring things up rather quickly.

H/T: Vodkapundit

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