Pak may divert troops from Afghan border to Kashmir one: Report

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New York, Nov 30 (UNI) Pakistani troops may be diverted from its western front to the eastern one bordering India if Islamabad feels threatened by New Delhi in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks, The Wall Street Journal reported, quoting a senior security official.

''The next 48 hours are critical in determining how things unfold,'' the newspaper quoted the official as saying.

India blamed ''elements from Pakistan'' for helping orchestrate the terrorist attacks in Mumbai where nearly 200 were killed.

Top Pakistani government leaders vehemently denied that Islamabad was behind the attacks. President Asif Ali Zardari said nobody backed by Pakistani state was involved.

''If they have evidence, they should share it with us,'' Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said yesterday on his return from New Delhi. ''Our hands are clean,'' he added.

Pakistan's top civil and military leaders met last night to discuss the unfolding situation, the newspaper reported.

Islamabad has 1,00,000 troops on the Pakistan-Afghan border and they are fighting Al-Qaida and Taliban militants in the lawless tribal zone.

''We will not leave a single troop on the western border if we are threatened by India,'' the security official was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

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