"Top Indian officials have suggested that groups based in Pakistan had some involvement in the attacks, but the officials have not explicitly blamed the Pakistani government. The options on the table for responding, officials and analysts said, range from the suspension of diplomatic relations to the most extreme and least likely, a cross-border raid into Pakistan against suspected training camps for militants.
On Monday, in response to the attacks and India’s charges, the Pakistani prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, called for a national security conference to be held Tuesday with the aim of developing a policy on India, according to Reuters. Pakistan has denied any role in the attacks, calling them a "barbaric act of terrorism."
While Indian officials insisted publicly that the mayhem was carried out by only 10 heavily armed men, there were new indications that others had been involved and that the attackers had at least some accomplices prepositioned on the ground." NY Times
Now is the time for everyone to calm down and wait to see what is the finding of the joint investigation of the Mumbai attacks by India and Pakistan.
These two countries were born in enmity for each other at the time of the British departure from their Indian Empire. They are naturally filled with suspicion and hostility for each other and both have nuclear weapons. They have been to war against each other before and have nearly gone to war against each other on other occasions. The occasion that I remember the best was the crisis engendered by the Indian military exercise called "Brass Tacks." Preparations for that war game was interpreted by Pakistan as "cover" for preparations for actual war. Diplomatic interest in the Indian "maneuver" was mis-interpreted by Pakistan as indicating foreign "knowledge" of the true Indian plan. The possibility of war was narrowly averted.
Let us not push these two countries towards war by stoking the fires of their mutual dislike. The Mumbai attackers may have been Pakistani nationals or perhaps they were not. They may have been members of some Islamic jihadi group based in Pakistan or perhaps they were not. Such membership would not necessarily mean that the Pakistan government was involved in these attacks.
Lately, the two countries have bee working to improve their mutual relations. Let us not "torpedo" that progress in the mainstream media or in the blogosphere. pl