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India, Pakistan nuclear posture unchanged: US military

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Dec 2, 2008
India and Pakistan have not changed their nuclear posture or made overt military moves since terror attacks in Mumbai despite heightened political tensions, a US military official said Tuesday.

"Militarily, the temperature is pretty low right now," said the official, who asked not to be identified.

The official said Pakistan moved some aircraft and air defense units to the border after the Indians pointed a finger at Pakistan as the source of the attack.

But the Pakistanis have moved no ground forces, and "on the nuclear side nothing at all," the official said.

"The Indians have showed great restraint, militarily. As a matter of fact, no change (in posture)," he said. "There is diplomatic activity and political activity. That is where it is happening right now."

The military restraint displayed by both sides is in sharp contrast with the charged political atmosphere in the wake of attacks by heavily armed gunmen on luxury hotels and other sites around Mumbai.

India has charged that the attacks, which left 188 people dead, were carried out by a Pakistani-based militant group, Lashkar e-Taiba, and is demanding that Pakistan turn over 20 suspected terrorists.

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