India Demands 'Strong Action' From Pakistan

After reports emerged that the perpetrators of last week’s terror siege in Mumbai were allegedly members of the Kashmiri guerrilla organization Lashkar-i-Taiba, Indian officials called upon their Pakistani neighbors to back up their pledges of support with concerted action to crack down on militants.

India blamed “elements” from Pakistan for last week’s deadly Mumbai terror attacks and told its neighbor to match its words of cooperation with “strong action” to build a “qualitative new relationship.”

The attacks that began Nov. 26 and ended three days later have threatened to derail peace talks between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Nov. 27 said India will “go after” individuals and organizations behind the assault, while Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari said his government will act, provided there’s evidence.

“It was conveyed to the Pakistan High Commissioner that Pakistan’s actions needed to match the sentiments conveyed by its leadership,” Vishnu Prakash, India’s foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters [Monday] in New Delhi.

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