Pakistan Army involved in Mumbai attack, India told US

The Pakistan Army was involved in the Mumbai terrorist attack, India`s NSA Shivshankar Menon told the US, according to WikiLeaks.

New Delhi: The Pakistan Army was involved in the Mumbai terrorist attack, India`s National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon told the US, according to fresh US embassy cables leaked by WikiLeaks.

"Let`s not insult one another by telling a story that the Pakistan Army was not involved" with the Lashkar-e-Taiba group that carried out the 2008 attack, Menon told US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher.
A US cable reproduced by The Guardian said that Boucher met Menon just weeks after the Mumbai attack that left 166 people dead and ignited fears of an India-Pakistan war.

"The two men were in full agreement on the need to ensure that Pakistan eliminate Laskhar-e-Taiba but disagreed on some tactics," said the cable reporting the meeting.

The cable quoted Menon as bluntly telling Boucher: "Let`s not insult one another by telling a story that the Pakistan army was not involved ... They`re either unwilling to take action, or incapable, or both; any way you look at it, they`re involved."

"Boucher urged Menon to `tone down` the Indian rhetoric and avoid any military movements that could be misinterpreted.
"Menon defended India`s strategy of publicly pressuring Pakistan`s security services, saying they had not yet made the strategic decision to cut ties with Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the civilian government was powerless to force this change."

Ten terrorists from Pakistan sneaked into Mumbai and went on a killing spree over three days in November 2008.

IANS

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