A meeting of
India's top military brass is under way - the first since last November's terror
attack on Mumbai, in which more than 160 people died. The country's defense
chief is telling his commanders they must be prepared to meet "emerging threats"
from Pakistan resulting from their neighbor's current battle against insurgents,
who are also India's enemies.
The two-day meeting in New Delhi - under
the banner of "Victory through Jointness" - brings together the highest-ranking
members of India's Army, Navy and Air Force.
India blames the Mumbai
attack on terrorists who were trained in and came from Pakistan.
Delhi has expressed frustration with Islamabad, accusing it of not doing enough
to prosecute those deemed responsible for planning the Mumbai
Indian officials are closely monitoring Pakistan's crackdown on
insurgents, especially the ongoing military operation against the Taliban.
Indian Defense Minister Arackaparambil Kurian Antony says that has
ramifications on this side of the border.
"The situation in Pakistan is
still turmoil. It's a matter of great concern to us," Antony said.
says India is trying to convince Pakistan to also take tough action against
anti-Indian elements operating on its soil.
Antony told reporters
Thursday, he is especially concerned about the Taliban targeting
"The Taliban is a threat to world peace, a threat to our region
and it is a real threat to India," Antony said.
As a result, the defense
minister says India's Army cannot afford to lower its vigil along its
northwestern border, especially in the disputed Kashmir region. However, he
confirms there has recently been a reduction of reported incursions from
Pakistan along the line of control.
India and Pakistan, which both have
nuclear-weapon capability, have fought several full-scale wars since both gained
independence from Britain after World War II.
Antony says he will
discuss regional security, including the situation in Afghanistan, on Friday,
with James Jones, President Obama's national security advisor.
retired Marine Corps four-star general, arrived in Pakistan Wednesday, after
visiting neighboring Afghanistan.