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US analysts warn of Pak terror attack on India

A leading American think tank has warned that as the Al Qaeda comes under pressure in its havens along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border, it may attempt to counter that by masterminding major terrorist strikes against India.

world Updated: Jan 19, 2010 01:18 IST

A leading American think tank has warned that as the Al Qaeda comes under pressure in its havens along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border, it may attempt to counter that by masterminding major terrorist strikes against India.

The Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action said in its Contingency Planning Memorandum: “India faces the real prospect of another major terrorist attack by Pakistan-based terrorist organisations in the near future.”

It said that the chance of another Mumbai-type attack was “undeniable” given that terrorist outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed were “most capable and motivated to carry out attacks in India”. The report is by CFR’s Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia, Daniel Markey.