India, Pak trading intelligence on terrorists at US prodding
India and Pakistan have begun trading intelligence on Islamic extremists, as a result of the prodding by the US, paving the way for an unprecedented cooperation between the two nuclear-armed South Asian nations.
The CIA arranged for New Delhi and Islamabad to share information on Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for last November's terrorist attack on Mumbai, the Wall Street Journal reported citing US officials.
The two countries are also trading information on Taliban commanders who are leading the insurgency against Pakistan's government.
"America hopes that when India and Pakistan see that they face a common threat in Pakistan based militant groups," the paper said and quoted US officials to say this could make Islamabad put more focus on the battle at home.
"We have to satisfy the Mumbai question, and show India that the threat is abating," the official involved in developing Washington's South Asia strategy said.
India and Pakistan traded military threats across their border in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, in which terrorists left more than 170 people dead.
Intelligence sharing on Mumbai has led to a somewhat more frequent exchange of information, US and Pakistani officials said. India and Pakistan have shared "a lot" of information with each other about the Mumbai attack, said an official at Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency.