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India: Bombers had Pakistani help

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India: Bombers had Pakistani help

CNN NEWS

Saturday, July 15, 2006; Posted: 1:15 a.m. EDT (05:15 GMT)

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Indian PM Manmohan Singh, left, talks to staff members of the KEM Hospital in Mumbai.

Painful aftermath of bombings that rocked Mumbai (2:01)

Explosions hit crowded trains (2:19)

Crowded trains a prime target (1:32)

Blasts rock India commuter trains (2:07)

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BOMBAY, India (AP) -- The bombers who targeted Bombay's rail system had support from inside Pakistan, India's prime minister said, warning that the nuclear-armed rivals' peace process could be derailed unless Islamabad reins in terrorists.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's unusually blunt comments on Friday appeared to signal an abrupt shift in relations between India and Pakistan, whose ties had warmed over the past two years.

Initial fallout came quickly, with high-level India-Pakistan talks planned for July 20 canceled, news reports said Saturday. The Hindustan Times, quoting unidentified officials, said the talks would not be held as planned between the foreign secretaries of the two countries.

Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran declined Friday to say whether the talks would proceed as planned. But while insisting the peace process would continue, he told reporters that "Cooperation is a two-way street."

Also Friday, investigators named a third suspect in the carefully coordinated bombings that shattered first-class commuter rail cars Tuesday, killing more than 200 people.

"We will leave no stone unturned -- I reiterate, no stone unturned -- in ensuring that terrorist elements in India are neutralized and smashed," Singh told reporters in Bombay.

Singh, who met bombing victims and officials, noted that Pakistan had assured India two years ago its territory "would not be used to promote, encourage, aid and abet terrorism.

"That assurance has to be fulfilled before the peace process and other processes progress," he said.

Pakistan quickly denied Singh's accusations, with Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam calling them "unsubstantiated."

However, Singh said investigators are certain that terror cells operating in India "are instigated, inspired and supported by elements across the border, without which they cannot act with such devastating effect.

"They clearly want to destroy our growing economic strength," Singh said.

After coming to the brink of war in 2002, India and Pakistan began a peace process that has brought them closer, yet concrete agreement on the most pressing issue -- the Himalayan region of Kashmir -- has been minimal.

Investigators were casting a wide net for the assailants -- focusing on a Pakistan-based Islamic militant network, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, along with smaller homegrown groups.

Bombay Police Commissioner A.N. Roy said a man known only as Rahil was the third person sought in connection with the blasts. The Indian government's Anti-Terror Squad released photos Thursday night of two other suspects, Sayyad Zabiuddin and Zulfeqar Fayyaz.

Roy said those two suspects have been on the run since May, when authorities arrested three suspected Muslim insurgents and seized arms, ammunition and plastic explosives in western India.

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India: Peace With Pakistan in Jeopardy - ABC News

The Toronto Star

India names 2 suspects in train blasts

Al Qaeda claims Kashmir wing....

..officials said earlier Thursday that the prime suspect in Tuesday’s bombings is Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group that operates in Kashmir, the Himalayan region at the centre of the long-running India-Pakistan conflict.

“Different indicators are there which hint at their involvement,” said D.K. Shankaran, the top bureaucrat in Maharashtra state, where Mumbai is the capital city. He refused to elaborate, but said seven teams of investigators were sifting through clues. “The probe into blasts is on track and we should have something substantial soon.”

Lashkar has previously carried out near-simultaneous explosions in Indian cities, including a bombing in New Delhi in October that killed more than 60 people. Lashkar was also named in an attack on India’s Parliament in 2001.

A spokesman for Lashkar, Abdullah Ghaznavi, has denied the group was involved in the serial train bombings across Mumbai that left at least 200 people dead and more than 700 injured.

Also Thursday, a man claiming to represent Al Qaeda reportedly said the terror network had set up a wing in Kashmir, where Muslim militants have been fighting for independence or union with overwhelmingly Muslim Pakistan.

There was no way to immediately verify the statement, which if true would be the first time Osama bin Laden’s network has claimed to have spread to Indian territory.

The Toronto Star: Opinion: Pakistan must act on terror

^ I read that in the main pages of the Toronto Star today, except it didn't say "opinion".

- Could it be that the bombs were placed to get India on the "war on terror" ? ( ie. not by Pakistanis )

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If he doesn't blame Pakistan, the public eats him alive. Since He's the one responsible for his country's issues.

So unfortunately thats the only way he survives. . .

Shifting immense public criticism and hatred towards the 'enemy'

Fi-Amanillah

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