OPINION

Pakistan’s response

That Pakistan has denied the involvement of its nationals in the Mumbai terror attack despite the overwhelming proof presented by India is amazing. It has disowned Ajmal Amir Iman, the terrorist captured alive by the Mumbai police; it has ignored his admission that he and his accomplices are Pakistani nationals; and it has rubbished many other pieces of irrefutable evidence within Pakistan. It is a shame that a nation can disown its citizens. Isn’t there a limit to the pursuit of deceit as an instrument of foreign policy?

N. Muthuswamy,

Chennai



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Despite evidence of the involvement of Pakistani nationals in the Mumbai terror attacks, Islamabad seems to be in no mood to accept the truth. On the contrary, it has adopted an aggressive attitude. What else can the sudden sorties by the fighter jets of the Pakistan Air Force imply? The Indian government must view the development seriously and ensure that it is not taken by surprise (as it was during the Kargil war).

Deepak Verma,

Ghaziabad



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Pakistan is unlikely to hand over those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks to India. Only the U.S. and the U.K., which are funding the anti-terror action of the civilian government in Pakistan, can help. India will achieve nothing by bombing the terrorist training camps in Pakistan because they would have shifted to other places by now with the help of the ISI and the army.

T.C. Ramachandran,

Bangalore



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Pakistan’s bid to test its air preparedness will only increase the state of unrest in India and Pakistan. The PAF statement will further heighten the acrimony between the two nations. The move will also lead to chaos on the international front.

Tarun Girdhar,

Chandigarh



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The patrolling of PAF jets over Rawalpindi and Lahore is an indication of Pakistan’s fear of imminent war with India. It knows it has not acted to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure on its soil. Pakistan has ignored all the demands made by India and the rest of the world after the Mumbai terror attacks. We need to take some offensive steps but war should be the last resort.

Er. Suresh Kumar,

Gurgaon



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It is unfortunate that Pakistan is unable to understand why it is being increasingly isolated on the world stage. The country, instead of addressing the immediate global concern to prevent the export of terrorism, is reassuring its people that it will give a fitting reply in case of a war with India. This shows its leaders are unable to come to grips with priorities and demonstrate to the world that they mean business. If Pakistan persists in dilly-dallying over acting against terror, a war between the two countries cannot be ruled out.

K.V. Raghuram,

Wayanad



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Islamabad is clearly in no position to take on the terrorist organisations, including the al-Qaeda, entrenched in its territory. Otherwise, it would not have ignored the pressure brought to bear on it by the U.S. and other countries. These countries know the ground reality and are therefore carefully calibrating the pressure applied on the Pakistan government. But an emotional approach to the Mumbai attacks seems to have made our government less cautious. The UPA government will do well to pause, think and proceed on such a sensitive matter.

K. Vijayakumar,

Bangalore



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Pakistan appears to be winning the war of nerves against India. It has exposed the weakness of our internal security, and continues to play a double game by donning the rule of crusader against terrorism, on the one hand, and siding with the terrorists, on the other. India looks like a desperate elder child who gets beaten up frequently by the younger one, yet cannot do much except complaining. One day, the younger child will become a menace to the world if he is not reined in at once.

Judish Raj,

Hyderabad

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