London, Nov.30 : After seven years of painstaking rapprochement between India and Pakistan, relations between the two are once again seriously at risk.
This, according to experts, will not only threaten to destabilise the entire region but could also set back the West's fight against al-Qaeda, the Taleban and other Islamic militants operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Times reports that US Central Command commander General David Petraeus is convinced that the best way to succeed in Pakistan lies through India.
There are others who say that the objective of this latest terrorist strike was to plunge India and Pakistan back into a state of war to mobilize millions of young Muslims into a new jihad to free Kashmir from New Delhi's clutches.
What is crucial now is the impact that the raid will have on India. The blame game against Pakistan is on. The main suspects for the attack are the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed groups.
There is evidence that elements within Pakistan's powerful security establishment continue to support it, though Islamabad is at pains to deny any involvement in the terrorist operation that has so far claimed 195 lives.ndia and the West have little choice but to cooperate with Pakistan which is struggling to build a civilian government.