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Pakistan asks India to De-escalate… December 30, 2008

Posted by neoavatara in World Politics.
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http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/12/30/pakistan.india.tensions/index.html

Pakistani foreign minister hah Mehmood Qureshi asked India to move troops away from the border, in order to de-escalate tensions in the region.

Only one problem:  India has not added any significant forces in the region.  This has now been verified by the U.S., Russia, and China.  And surprisingly, I have my own sources there that say that no significant forces have been added to the border, though they are admittedly on a higher alert since the Mumbai attacks.

You will make note that press reports have only commented on Pakistan’s movement of 20,000 troops from the Afghan border to the Indian border.  If there are massive troop movements in India, where are the press reports?  Other than press releases from the Pakistani government, there has been absolutely no substantiation of these accusations.

And if anyone wants to add comment, please add links to any news reports to the contrary; and please, find something other than Pakistani newspapers.

Addendum:  Later in the day, President Qureshi made a statement to the nation.  He specifically mentioned that India had activated its forward air bases. This, in fact, is true.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that as early as November, after the Mumbai attacks.  However, they were then downgraded a few days later.  Currently, the Indian air force basies are on highl alert, but are not active.

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1. amumtaz - December 30, 2008

I think Indian media needs to calm down a bit. They have created a hysteria without first verifying how much is Pakistan to blame for the incident.

http://amumtaz.wordpress.com/2008/12/26/mumbai-politics-and-media/

neoavatara - December 30, 2008

Agreed. The government has actually acted reasonably well in light of the hysteria in the media and the public.


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