Who is Responsible for the Attacks on Mumbai?
Uncertainty over who organized blasts
- Duration 4:32
- Date Jul 14, 2011
Uncertainty over who organized blasts
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Great to Lisa Curtis not.
Who is a senior research fellow with The Heritage Foundation.
Also joining us from our Washington DC bureau today Lisa thanks for being with us the Indians in these kind of situations -- often.
Reflexively and sometimes with -- good reason.
Point the finger at that Pakistani neighbors do you believe that there is any evidence that that Pakistani authorities may have been involved in this in any -- Well the Indians have been very reserved in their judgment on who is responsible for these attacks.
And in fact -- -- officials have already come out and said.
That the India Pakistan dialogue which is in fact scheduled for next week the foreign ministers.
Are scheduled to meet next week.
They've already said that those scheduled for those talks is still line so they are are very much reserving judgment on who's responsible but his character Catherine said a lot of people -- -- Indian mujahideen which is really a home grown.
Indian extremist group button that -- Potentially have ties to Pakistan based groups so I think India's response.
Vis a vis Pakistan.
On these attacks will really be driven by what the investigations.
Tell them about how strong the links might need to Pakistan based groups.
But if they find that these attacks really were.
You know in India.
Then they will be less likely to.
Feel under pressure to call off the talks with Pakistan.
Police said dean -- would be the motive for these kind of attacks second time in three does -- we've seen terror attacks.
On the Mumbai.
Given that there is a huge Muslim population in India anyway what what is -- what's actually motivation.
Behind a group woman -- -- had these kind of attacks.
Well I think it's difficult to say it but there could be several obviously if -- connections are found to be more inside Pakistan it could be.
Groups that want.
To throw -- the dialogue that don't wanna see any movement towards say a potential solution of the Kashmir dispute.
These groups might want to disrupt those talks but also again coming back to the Indian mujahideen.
Which has evolved in India.
He get a referred to -- is coming from within India such as the 2002.
Gujarat riots where nearly 1000 Muslims were killed in rioting there so -- there are.
And I issues in India fish could be contributing to the motivations.
Of some of these groups and it's is to simply too early to tell but his capital is saying he had these are sophisticated attacks fate may have been low intensity IED explosions but the -- they were.
Choreographed and conducted shows a certain level of sophistication.
That word they also point to some kind of link with foreign elements.
And it in if there -- moved you which -- about links to foreign elements in these kind of attacks.
Mom low tech.
But highly effective and they apparently highly organized as you say.
Any implications for the United States that should we be worried about those foreign elements exporting that kind of terrorism.
To the United States.
Well certainly we have to be vigilant but I think we can see that over the past few years.
Our Homeland Security agencies have been able to.
I had disrupt I think close to 3040 plots that have been planned -- the US.
Has shown that by -- -- good detective work good police work.
And you know Homeland Security.
At -- practices that we developed since 9/11 that we are able to detect and and stop some of these.
Plots and plans.
That still we we have to remain vigilant.
And I think -- you know it's correct referred the US to see these attacks and then -- step up its own.
Around the country.
But I think that the US -- showed that it does have mechanisms.
In place to prevent such attacks whereas in India.
They still really are developing these systems and they're still quite a lot of disorganization among the different intelligence agencies in India and -- there are a lot of steps that need to be taken in the Indian system to step up their own.