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'Attack on Indian Embassy to heighten Indo-Pak tension'

world Updated: Oct 08, 2009 23:24 IST

The attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul that killed at least 17 people and injured 76 others is likely to bring renewed pressure on Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists using its soil to launch offensive against neighbours, a US-based global think-tank said on Thursday.

"As was the case in the 2008 attack, the October 8 bomb (attack) will likely be linked to militants based in Pakistan and there will also be likely connections made to elements within Islamabad's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) directorate," The Stratfor said in its analysis on the second attack targeted at the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

It said that the attack gives "credence" to the US position and "weakens" the case of the Pakistani military regarding the Kerry-Lugar Bill.

"But more importantly, the bombing has the potential of creating problems between India and Pakistan," it said.

The attack came less than 24 hours after the Pakistani military's central command issued a statement criticising the Kerry-Lugar Bill which says that Pakistan is a launch pad for militant groups conducting attacks in Afghanistan and India.