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US asks India to pull back troops from Pak border

Outraged by the pressure exerted by the US to pullback troops from the Pakistan border, India has said that it hadn't deployed extra troops after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Map of the current US targets in Pakistan.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2009 08:57 IST and Agencies and Agencies

India has come under unexpected pressure from the US as Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon has been told that India, and not Pakistan, should make the first move towards restoring peace in the region.

The US has asked India to pullback troops from the Pakistan border.

Outraged, India has told US that Pakistan is responsible for the heightened tension between the two neighbours. India has also told the US that it hadn't deployed extra troops after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Rather it was Pakistan which has sent thousands of troops.

However, India today also clarified the Mumbai terror attacks had nothing to do with its relationship with Pakistan.

But External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that India still believes terrorists that conducted Mumbai terror strikes had used Pakistani soil and its infrastructure.

The reason for the latest US move is that President Barack Obama is gearing up to launch a bigger military offensive in Afghanistan.

For this, he needs more Pakistani troops to help along the volatile Afghan-Pakistan border, troops, which Islamabad moved to the Indian border.

First Published: Mar 19, 2009 20:18 IST