After the massacre the blame-game is on. India has the proof and Pakistan too is flagging the rhetoric that the “rogue-elements-within-the-state-within-the-state” are mainly responsible for the attacks. There is little doubt that it’s “India’s 9/11.” The situation is tensed and Indo-Pak peace process is deeply hurt. The security in India is increased to “war level”. What now?
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said:
## “The well-planned and well-orchestrated attacks, probably with external linkages, were intended to create a sense of panic, by choosing high profile targets and indiscriminately killing foreigners.”
## “It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country.”
## “We will take up strongly with our neighbors that the use of their territory for launching attacks on us will not be tolerated, and that there would be a cost if suitable measures are not taken by them.”
Statements from Pakistan:
## Yousuf Raza Gilani: “We know that Pakistan is not involved but at the same time they wanted cooperation from the ISI. When we are not involved and we have nothing to hide why should we feel guilty about it?”
## Foreign Office statement in Islamabad: “Pakistan is ready to deepen its engagement with India, including on combating terrorism but it is important to avoid blame-game and knee-jerk reactions. Terrorism is a global problem that needs to be combated in all its forms and manifestations through serious, sustained and pragmatic steps”.
“All troops from our western border would be withdrawn to redeploy them at the eastern border. Not a single soldier will remain.”
## Mr. Qureshi: “Our expression, and our insinuations, need to be measured. Pakistan wants to co-operate. Pakistan wants a friendly relationship with India. And we have today a common enemy. Extremism and terrorism is a common enemy.”
“Our hands are clean, there is nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of. We do not have to be defensive and we are not defensive as Pakistan is not involved in this incident.”