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Pressure Mounts For Pakistan To Act After Mumbai – NPR

December 12th, 2008

India and the U.S. are pointing to Pakistan in assigning blame for last month’s attacks in Mumbai. The Indian government says the 10 suspected attackers came from Pakistan and had support from militant groups based there. Over the past week, Islamabad has taken steps to satisfy demands for action.

The Mumbai attacks, while a horrific shock for India, have also had a profound impact in Pakistan. The country’s new and weak civilian government is being pushed hard by India and the U.S. to round up militants believed to be behind the attacks and to close down their camps.

Shuja Nawaz, author of Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within, says the country needs to rein in its militant groups, something governments in Pakistan have tried to do without success. Nawaz says India needs to look inward as well, and that Pakistan is wrongly bearing the brunt of the blame.
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