The American Undersecretary of Defense for Policy recently testified before Congress that a nuclear exchange between the two South Asian superpowers “could rapidly escalate” if the Islamabad government continues to support terrorism.
As reported by the Economic Times of India, Dr. James N. Miller in written responses submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee during a confirmation hearing for the post of Undersecretary of Defence for Policy.”
Miller observed that India and Pakistan have “a long and complex history characterised by animosity, mistrust, and conflict.”
Miller voiced what many view as an open secret on the Indian subcontinent that few outside of the New Delhi government voice in public:
“Support by elements of Pakistan’s military and intelligence services for violent extremist organisations targeting India has the potential to result in military confrontation that could rapidly escalate to a nuclear exchange.”
- India has accused the actual masterminds behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks were Pakistani Army officials assigned to Islamabad’s Special Communications Organisation (SCO).
- In 2006, Indian police arrested six Pakistani-backed Islamic militants, including a cleric who helped plan bomb blasts in Varanasi, India.
- The cleric is believed to be a commander of a banned Islamist terrorist group, Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami, and is linked to the Pakistani spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
ISI has also been charged by Indian officials as being the lead organization that initially placed the Taliban in power in Afghanistan in 1996.
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