India PM meets armed forces, Pakistan moves troops

Indian PM Singh met military chiefs and Pakistan moved some troops from its western border.

India PM meets armed forces, Pakistan moves troops

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met military chiefs on Friday and Pakistan cancelled army leave and moved some troops from its western border despite both sides playing down the threat of war over the Mumbai attacks.

With tension rising sharply over last month's attacks, in which 179 people were killed, China also emerged as a potential peace broker after Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi unexpectedly called his counterparts in New Delhi and Islamabad.

An official from Singh's office said the prime minister had discussed tension with Pakistan during a scheduled meeting about military pay with the chiefs of the army, navy and air force.

"The prime minister met the tri-services chiefs to discuss the pay commission issues but obviously the situation in the region was also discussed," said the official, who asked not to be identified. There were no other details.

Indian media said national security adviser M.K. Narayanan also attended the meeting.

"A limited number of troops from snow-bound areas and areas where operations are not being conducted have been pulled out," said a senior security official who declined to be identified.

The official declined to say where the troops had been moved to, citing the sensitivity of the issue, but Pakistani media have reported some troops had been redeployed to the Kashmiri border.

Increasingly frenzied media reporting on both sides of the border has fuelled war speculation, although leaders from both countries have said war would serve no one's interests.

Agencies

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