>McCain warns Pakistan of Indian strikes

>US Senator John McCain has said he believes that if Pakistan does not act against individuals and groups linked to the Mumbai terror attacks, it could be a “matter of days” before India carries out surgical strikes against such elements. (Full report)
There is enough evidence of the involvement of former Inter-Services Intelligence officers in the planning and execution of the Mumbai attacks and terrorist training camps are still operational in Pakistan, McCain told a small group of senior Pakistani journalists at an informal lunch in Lahore yesterday.
Ejaz Haider, a senior editor with the Daily Times group, quoted McCain as saying that he believed it could be a “matter of days” before India carried out surgical air strikes if Pakistan did not act on the evidence provided to it on elements linked to the attacks.
McCain also said that the terrorist training camps were being emptied “as we speak”, Haider told Dawn News channel.
Referring to the terror training camps as “red dots on the map”, McCain indicated that their number had increased since the time the US launched its campaign in Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
McCain, who unsuccessfully contested the US presidential election, arrived in Pakistan with two other senior Senators on Friday after a brief visit to India.
Referring to his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, McCain said the Indian leader, who is not easily ruffled, had appeared visibly angry.
In a report in the Daily Times, Haider wrote McCain had said that if “Pakistan does not act, and act fast, to arrest the involved people, India will be left with no option but to conduct aerial operations against select targets in Pakistan”.


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