India accuses Pakistan of involvement in Mumbai attacks
Laura King, Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan reacted sharply today to an assertion by India's prime minister that official Pakistani agencies "must have" been involved in November's attacks in Mumbai.
With this latest exchange of harsh words, tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors appeared to be spiking anew. In the weeks since the three-day rampage by gunmen in India's commercial capital, the two sides have made alternately conciliatory and bellicose comments.
Today's statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the closest India has come to accusing the Pakistani government of links to the attacks, which it blames on the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. U.S. intelligence supports the view that the group was largely responsible.
Pakistan has acknowledged that "non-state actors" may have played a role in the attacks, but has vehemently denied official involvement of any kind, although Lashkar-e-Taiba has a history of ties to Pakistan's intelligence apparatus.
Singh, without offering any details, declared that "given the sophistication and military precision of the attack, it must have had the support of some official agencies in Pakistan."
Pakistani officials responded by accusing India of fomenting tensions, and warned the government in New Delhi against staging any kind of preemptive strike.
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