India may strike at Pakistan: Intelligence Report

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New Delhi, Dec 20: Global Intelligence service, Startfor states that India is still open with the option of striking at Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and elsewhere in Pakistan. The report also said, "Indian military operations against targets in Pakistan have in fact been prepared and await the signal to go forward."

On Friday, Dec 19 Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said that the government is keeping all options open in dealing with the situation.

This came just after Defence Minister A K Antony said that military strikes were not an option.

The private sector intelligence service said, the massive movements of 2002 during Operation Parakram was vigorous, but this time India's preparations were more under the radar and not visible to the world at large. Its only indication was the fact that the Border Security Force (BSF) has been put on high alert on the western sector as well as the eastern sector — this paramilitary force's main mandate would be to prevent infiltration.

"Sources have indicated to Stratfor that New Delhi is going through the diplomatic motions in order to give Pakistan the opportunity to take care of the militant problem itself — but the Indians know that Islamabad has neither the will nor the capability to address their
concerns," Stratfor said.

Three weeks after the attacks, India had no plans of military action on Pakistan but, this was most recently conveyed by Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Satyabrata Pal to Awami National Party chief Afsandyar Wali Khan in Islamabad earlier this week. But India continues to tell all its international interlocutors that its patience will not last long, particularly if Islamabad cannot crack down on terrorism.

Everybody knows that Pakistan's civilian government is unable to take any steps to curb terrorists and the military establishment is unwilling to do so.

"From a strategic perspective, the Indian government can no more afford to accept the Mumbai attacks and move forward than the US government could have afforded to ignore the 9/11 attacks. New Delhi has little choice but to respond — regardless of which political party is in power — and because the perpetrators are linked to elements within the Pakistani state, the response must be directed against Pakistan. And if Islamabad will not cooperate in controlling the militants, India will have to take unilateral action," Stratfor said.

During an international conference being held in Gangtok in Sikkim, Mukherjee said, "If a country cannot keep the assurances that it has given, then it obliges us to consider the entire range of options that exist to protect our interests and people from this menace."

"We have made repeated appeals to our neighbours over the years to ensure that they do not provide support to terrorist activities and to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure. But our pleas have been ignored in spite of assurances given by them," Mukherjee added.


OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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