According to intelligence experts, Pakistan is moving 20,000 troops to it’s border with India. These two countries have already fought three wars. Now they are both nuclear powers and the prospects are of deep concern to the US for a number of reasons.
“The situation is at this point in time far more dangerous than it was when the military was in peacetime positions,” said Samina Ahmed, South Asia project director for the International Crisis Group.
Charge and counter-charge seems to be the soundbite of the last couple of days.
Even as reports emerged Friday about a major redeployment, Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and other top government officials Friday sought to reduce tensions.
“We will not take any action on our own,” Gilani told reporters. “There will be no aggression from our side.”
Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee accused Pakistan of trying to divert attention away from what many analysts say is a halfhearted attempt to rein in homegrown terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India accuses of masterminding the Mumbai attacks.
“They should concentrate on the real issue: how to fight against terrorists and how to fight against and bring to book the perpetrators of Bombay terrorist attack,” he said.
The tense situation confronts President-elect Barack Obama on his first day in office.