New Delhi, Dec 3: Its a week after the horrific terror attack struck Mumbai and now mumbaikers are slowly moving back to normalcy. But the tension between India and Pakistan is escalating.
The comments made by India's External Affaris Minister Pranab Mukherjee is the new sources of controversy. In an interview to NDTV news channel Pranab told that India is not ruling out the option of military strike against terror camps in Pakistan. He also said that every nation had the right to protect its terrirtorial integrity and take appropriate action when necessary, adding that continuing the peace process with Pakistan in the present circumstances is difficult.
Meanwhile Pakistan said that Pranab's warning that India may opt to military action if needed will not help in toning down tensions between the two nations instead it may aggravate the issues.
"Such statements will only aggravate the situation in South Asia. We want to defuse the situation. We do not want such exchange of statements. These statements will only spiral the situation out of control," said Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
International community is putting pressure on Pakistan to crack down the Lashkar-e-Toiba headquarters in Muridke outside Lahore and dismantle terrorist training camps in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and hand over 20 of India's most wanted terrorists.
Meanwhile Pakistan is desperately trying to assert its control. Yusuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistan prime minister chaired an all-party meeting on national security on Tuesday, Dec 2 to discuss the developing tensions with India in the wake of the Mumbai attacks and evolve a consensus on how to deal with the situation.
The Pakistan government is under pressure from the international community to act quickly, but so far, it has refused to accept any of India's charges that the Lashkar, possibly backed by the ISI, carried out the Mumbai attacks. Sources say that Pak even refuse to hand over India's most wanted and is planning to try them in Pakistan itself if received necessary evidence.