India uses Lahore Attack To Put Pressure On Pakistan

Source : http://uk.reuters.com

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India bemoaned the efforts of rival Pakistan to quash militancy after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore on Tuesday, warning of similar assaults in the region unless Islamabad completely cracked down.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have exchanged angry rhetoric since the November attacks in the Indian financial capital, Mumbai, which killed nearly 170 people. India and the United States blamed a Pakistani militant group for those raids.

"They've got to address the problem, take courage in both hands, dismantle the infrastructure facilities available there," Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters.

He said "a repetition of these types of incidents may take place" if Islamabad did not deal with militants.

Six Sri Lankan players and a British coach were wounded in the brazen attack by a dozen gunmen on the team's bus in Lahore. Five Pakistani police and the driver of a second bus were killed.

Pakistan's minister of state for shipping, Sardar Nabil Ahmed Gabol, accused India of being behind the assault, saying the gunmen had crossed into Pakistan from India. No other Pakistani officials have made such accusations.

India has not yet responded to the charge but has repeatedly accused Pakistan of not doing enough to dismantle "terrorist infrastructure" on its soil.

Analysts said that with a general election looming in India, anti-Pakistan rhetoric could help the government blunt opposition criticism over the Mumbai attacks and charges that it failed to put sufficient pressure on Pakistan to act against the perpetrators.

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