Two Nuclear Powers Square Off
Tensions between India and Pakistan rose again Friday as Pakistan said it was redeploying an unspecified number of troops from the fight against Islamic militants in the northwest.
Pakistani officials wouldn’t say where the troops were headed nor provide estimates of how many soldiers were on the move. The officials also said Pakistan had sharply curtailed leave for all troops amid the heightened tensions with India.
A Pakistani military spokesman suggested they will be redeployed to face Indian forces on the country’s eastern border, calling the troop movements and the restriction of leave “defensive and precautionary steps” prompted by souring relations with India after last month’s Mumbai terrorist attacks that left 171 people dead.
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