India to retaliate in case of Mumbai-style attacks

Indian Minister for State Defence says it would be hard to justify self restraint if there was another provocation.


Reuters June 05, 2011

SINGAPORE: India will feel pressured to retaliate if Pakistan-based militants launched an attack similar to the Mumbai assaults that killed more than 160 people and fueled anger across the country, India's Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju said on Saturday.

Raju claimed that the Indian government's response was restrained despite the public calls to hit back over the November 2008 attacks blamed on a Pakistan-based guerrilla group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), but it would be difficult to withstand the pressure again.

"If a provocation is to happen again, it would be hard to justify to our people self restraint, and I hope that it will not be repeated and that we will have a constructive dialogue with Pakistan in containing these terrorist elements which are causing strife not only in India but also within Pakistan," Raju said.

Ties between the nuclear-armed rivals went into deep chill following the attacks with India insisting that Pakistan act against members of the LeT blamed for the attacks as well as its patrons in Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency.

Pakistan has put seven people on trial, and says it needs more evidence from India to prosecute others including the founder of the LeT, Hafeez Mohammad Sayeed.

Raju said revelations made by a Pakistani-American who has confessed to scouting targets for the Mumbai attacks in a trial in Chicago in which he linked the attacks to the ISI have made it harder to show restraint in future.

The Pakistani-American, David Headly, who has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, testified that he took orders from both the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and an ISI major as he laid the groundwork in the attacks.

"The international community is aware of the damning evidence that has come out from David Headley during his interrogation," Raju told the conference in Singapore.

India and Pakistan this year resumed peace talks but have made little progress because of lack of trust.

COMMENTS (52)

harkol | 10 years ago | Reply @Bilal I am not trying to rub your nose down the dirt. I have full sympathies with Pakistani Civil society. But, I just hope Civil society will raise up and get civilians to control the army, instead of other way around. You mistook my comments as a call to war. Most Indians won't support any war talk, they are too worried about their own poverty. What I said was India will have a better reason than US to attack, not that it should or would. In fact, it won't attack pakistan for acts of terrorism (irrespective of all gas emitted by its army folks). Army doesn't control India, and civilian govt. won't spend a few billion dollars on a war, which could be better used to build roads and schools. About 9/11 - you just repeated what I was saying. US didn't attack Afghanistan because 9/11 attackers were Afghani. It was because Afghanistan hosted and refused to eliminate the folks who plotted and executed 9/11. You don't attack a nation for the act of a few citizens. But, when a nation keeps defying world community, refuses to act against terrorists and conitnues to host them in comfort world community will decide to clean up the swamp itself. And such actions will happen under the aegis of UN sanction as happened in Afghanistan. Pakistan too is hosting terrorists (World known fact) who are executing terror acts on foreign soil, and Pakistan too can come under attack like Afghanistan - even if no Pakistani was involved in the attack itself. So, it runs the danger of a combined action on all fronts, and result may be disasterous (considering the nukes). Only a mad man would want such an outcome. Dr. Saleem Siddiqi: No one can under estimate the stupidity of Pakistan Army. It is feared by all. That's why it is feared even by US. Even though It has lost each of the wars it has fought, and it has made Pakistan the mess it is today, it is still a strong force and lords over all policy and budgets of Pakistan. My note wasn't about the strengths in any armed conflict, my point was Pakistan will attract foreign action - not necessarily overt war - within its territory from folks who are troubled by terror acts by elements from within its territory. Most of the stuff you say about Pakistan's greatness - I agree. I just hope it gets to keep that greatness instead of going down the tube like it is doing right now. USSR too was a powerful country once, it followed stupid overspending on militaristic policy and broke up. A country can't sustain 6% GDP spend on Army, perpetually borrowing money to finance the army.
G. Din | 10 years ago | Reply @bilal: "...planning to get married soon as possible and have a normal child." You go ahead, my friend: Get married and have your child. Here is an Indian sending you his best blessings. Every one is entitled to as much of bliss as he/she is willing to allow others!
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