Pakistan Moves Troops Toward Indian Border

Shift comes amid tensions after Mumbai crisis
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 26, 2008 8:40 AM CST
Indian Border Security Force soldiers keep vigil at the western sector of the India-Pakistan international border in India, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008.   (AP Photo/ Vinay Joshi)
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(Newser) – Pakistan began moving thousands of troops away from the Afghan border toward India today amid tensions following the Mumbai attacks, intelligence officials said. The move represents a sharp escalation in the standoff between the nuclear-armed neighbors and will hurt Pakistan's US-backed campaign against al-Qaeda and the Taliban taking place near Afghanistan's border.

An army division was being redeployed to two towns close to the Indian border, officials said, adding that some 20,000 troops were on the move. Earlier today, a security official said that all troop leaves had been canceled. India is blaming Pakistan-based militants for last month's attacks on Mumbai. Islamabad has said it will cooperate in any probe but says it has seen no evidence backing up India's claims.