Pakistan: India Moves Troops Toward Shared Border

This does not bode well for that region.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan said Tuesday that India had moved troops toward their shared border, following Islamabad’s own redeployment of forces toward the frontier amid tensions over the Mumbai attacks.

But India’s foreign minister insisted it had done nothing to escalate tensions in the region, while another Indian official denied a separate Pakistani allegation that New Delhi had activated forward air bases.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the claims in a televised address that included overtures toward India to decrease the acrimony between the nuclear-armed neighbors, who have already fought three wars in the past six decades.

“I understand India has activated their forward air bases, and I think if they are deactivated, then it will be a big positive signal,” Qureshi said. “Similarly, as far as their ground forces are concerned and which have been deputed and deployed, if they are relocated to their peacetime positions, then it will also be a positive signal.”

But Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said his country had not widened the diplomatic rift.

“We have not done anything which can escalate the tension between India and Pakistan,” he told reporters in New Delhi. “Because from day one, I have been saying that it is not an India-Pakistan issue. This is an attack perpetrated by elements emanating from the land of Pakistan and the Pakistan government should take action against it.”

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