Late last night in Mumbai, gunmen believed to be Islamist militants targeted luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station killing 80 people and wounding 900.
The terrorist attacks continued until early this morning – for more read Mumbai terrorist attacks: gunmen go on rampage.
kaytee wonders whether the murderous carnage in Mumbai had been at the directive of parties in Pakistan who are unhappy with President Zardari’s declaration of no (nuclear) ‘first strike’ at India just 2 days ago?
For more read Asif Ali Zardari delights India with 'no first strike' policy.
Some Pakistani military strategists have not been happy with Zardari’s unprecedented policy statement on Pakistan's nuclear weapons employment as they consider the ‘first strike’ option vital to a Pakistan lacking strategic depth in space. They couched that in terms of Pakistan's "… open borders and its status as a smaller nuclear power".
But new President Zardari seems set on developing rapprochement with its No 1 enemy, perhaps even at the expense of the 60-year old Pakistani obsession with Jammu-Kashmir – see my previous posts:
(1) The True Obsession of Pakistan!
(2) Pakistan short changing US
No sirree, that won't sit well with the Pakistani military. Accepting the Jammu-Kashmir status quo would be akin to blasphemy at the very roots (creation), ideology and soul of Pakistan.
Regardless of whether the wanton killings in Mumbai had been at the instigation or directive of some parties in Pakistan, last night's terrorist carnage will certainly set Pakistan-India relationship very much back.