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Govt may end ceasefire with Pak
Published on 1 Dec. 2008 1:40 AM IST
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The Government is considering suspending the five-year old ceasefire with Pakistan and perhaps even end the dialogue process with the country, sources tell CNN-IBN. The Government is under tremendous pressure to act tough after the Mumbai terror strike and is considering sending to Islamabad evidence of the involvement of Pakistani elements in the attack. A firm view has emerged that it cannot be business as usual with Pakistan. Suspending the composite dialogue process and the ceasefire, which has been under strain all of this year, will send a strong message to Pakistan but a final view on the matter has not been made up. Some in the Government advocate an immediate downgrading of relations but others say India should wait to see if Pakistan takes action, such as deporting gangster Dawood Ibrahim and cracking down against terrorist groups like Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT). Indian security agencies suspect LeT trained the terrorists who attacked Mumbai and Dawood helped them in the logistics. After the December 2001 attack on Parliament, India had scaled down its relationship with Pakistan. It then broke off sporting and cultural links, downgraded diplomatic relations, and beefed up deployment along the Indo-Pak border. India has also communicated to the United States to put heat on Pakistan. India has alleged the militants, who rampaged in Mumbai for three days and killed at least 182 people, were trained in Pakistan. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has promised to act against terror groups if India gives him proof of their involvement in the Mumbai attack. Pakistan has condemned the terrorist attack in Mumbai as a “barbaric act of terrorism” and denied any involvement by state agencies. It has vowed to cooperate in fighting terrorism but backtracked on a decision to send the chief of its Inter-Services Intelligence to India to help with the investigation.

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