Mumbai Attack: Pakistan, India ties chill after attacks
The terror attack in Mumbai is going to further deepen the hostile relationship between two South asian nuclear armed nations. India and Pakistan even in the best of time don't enjoy very good and friendly relations. Indian foreign minister Pranab Mukharjee has now first after 36 hours of attacks have accused Pakistan of being involved in the attacks. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has spoken to Pakistani President and asked him to send its intelligence chief to assit in investigations.
India has not singled out Pakistan as being linked to the strikes, but Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said militants based outside his country carried them out.
That was widely understood in Pakistan to be an accusation of its involvement.
Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said Pakistan "should not be blamed like in the past."
"This will destroy all the goodwill we created together after years of bitterness," he told The Associated Press. "I will say in very categoric terms that Pakistan is not involved in these gory incidents."
Deteriorating relations between Pakistan and India, which have fought three wars since 1947, would greatly complicate US foreign policy in the region.
Incoming President-elect Barack Obama has said normalizing ties between the two South Asian neighbors will be a major plank of his broader campaign to stabilize Afghanistan and beat al-Qaida in the region.
"You can't cozy up to a country that is accusing you of complicity in terrorism," said Shaun Gregory, an expert on South Asian terrorism at the University of Bradford in Britain. "Any sign of Pakistani involvement would be extraordinarily damaging."
On Friday, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani called his Indian counterpart and pledged his government's "full support to jointly combat extremism and terrorism," Gilani's office said.