The Inter-Services Intelligence has often been accused of playing a role in major terrorist attacks across the world including the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, terrorism in Kashmir, Mumbai Train Bombings, London Bombings, Indian Parliament Attack, Varnasi bombings, Hyderabad bombings and Mumbai terror attacks. The ISI is also accused of supporting Taliban forces and recruiting and training mujahideen to fight in Afghanistan and Kashmir. Based on communication intercepts US intelligence agencies concluded Pakistan's ISI was behind the attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008, a charge that the governments of India and Afghanistan had laid previously. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has constantly reiterated allegations that militants operating training camps in Pakistan have used it as a launch platform to attack targets in Afghanistan, urged western military allies to target extremist hideouts in neighbouring Pakistan. When the United States, during the Clinton administration, targeted al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan with cruise missiles, Slate reported that two officers of the ISI were killed.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was right in his observation that the issue was not one of war but one of terrorism and the option of war were not on Indian table at least. The External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his statements never used 'the ready for war' rhetoric of the type emanated from Pakistani leadership both civil and military. As a minister looking after external relations he was always speaking of various international options to which he hoped Pakistan would respond. No senior Indian military officer indulged in bellicose lingo. Defence Minister ab initio had explicitly ruled out any military action in making Pakistan see reason.
Reacting to the remarks by the US President-elect Obama that every sovereign nations has the right to protect its territory, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the same day (December 2) “time will show” what action India will take in response to the Mumbai terror attacks. Every sovereign nation has the right to protect its territorial integrity and take action as it saw fit, Mukherjee told journalists. He, however, cautioned against misinterpreting his observation to mean military action. “What will be done, time will show and you will come to know,” EAM said when asked about U.S. President-elect Barack Obama’s suggestion that India had the “right to protect itself.” Mr. Mukherjee’s remark came even as three influential United States Senators, including John McCain “struck by the emotions” expressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mr. Mukherjee, urged India not to consider the option of war. Media said that highly placed official sources also dismissed the talk of India mobilising troops on the border, suspending air and rail links and putting a halt to the peace process as “motivated propaganda,” aimed at diverting the attention from the Mumbai attacks.
happyroach: "I'm waiting for comments to the effect that only a political solution will work, and that we need to withdraw our troops from India."
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