Pakistan summons Indian envoy over airspace breach
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Pakistan summoned an Indian envoy to formally complain Thursday about alleged violations of its airspace as it sought to deflect heat from the deadly Mumbai terrorist attacks onto its longtime rival.
Pakistani leaders had previously downplayed the alleged breaches by Indian aircraft, calling them "technical."
But after days of pressure over signs that Pakistani nationals staged the attacks that killed 164 in India's commercial capital, Islamabad appear to be taking a more aggressive stand.
On Wednesday, they stepped up demands that India show evidence to back its claims that a Pakistani militant group trained and sent the gunmen, saying court prosecutions would be impossible without proof.
Indian Deputy High Commissioner Manpreet Vohra said Thursday that he will pass on the complaint over the alleged airspace violation to his government, but he noted previous Indian denials.
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