India and Pakistani Relations Strained

So far 195 are reported dead, 295 injured, captured terrorist, Azam Amir Qasab, drawing links to Lashkar-e-Taiba, Home Minister Shivraj Patil (India's top security official) submitting his resignation, and Pakistan warning India about troop escalation. Just another day at the office.

Accountability: In an article from the AP, via Yahoo, it was reported that Home Minister Shivraj Patil submitted his resignation letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Patil, has become increasingly unpopular with the handling of the Mumbai rampage which started on Wednesday night. Some citizens are extremely angry and resentful towards their leadership. Wondering why the government's hands were tied by 10 militants.
AP-As officials pointed the finger at "elements in Pakistan," some Indians looked inward and expressed anger at their own government.

"People are worried, but the key difference is anger," said Rajahs Jan, chief executive officer at a brokerage firm, Prank Securities. "Does the government have the will, the ability to tackle the dangers we face?"
BBC-Chris Morris reports from the city that many people in Mumbai want their own government to look into the failure of intelligence which allowed the events of this traumatic week to unfold with such bloodshed.
Links: Proof is starting arise as to who trained the terrorists that carried out the violence in Mumbai. The alleged militant, named as Azam Amir Qasab, in a statement said that his group received training from Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based terrorist organization.

Rising tension: Pakistan and India were already facing tenuous relations, prior to Mumbai. The implications of a Pakistani based-terrorist group financing or training the militants could have serious repercussions for the two countries.
BBC-A senior security official said Pakistan had now received preliminary evidence from India, the BBC's Barbara Plett reports from Islamabad.

But he warned that if India started to mobilise troops, Pakistan would respond in kind, even if that meant pulling soldiers away from fighting Islamist militants on the Afghan border.

He said the next 48 hours would be crucial in determining to what level tensions would escalate.
Hopefully, the situation between the two governments can be handled diplomatically. Cooperation between Pakistan and India is a must for maintaining peace in the region. As well as bringing justice to the individuals who were overall responsible for the attacks.



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