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THE Indian authorities yesterday claimed to have proof that the Mumbai terrorists were receiving instructions from Pakistan and discussing tactics with their handlers during the three days of attacks in which they killed at least 195 people.
The claims threaten further to embitter relations between the two nuclear powers. Tensions have been high since confirmation that the only captured gunman was a 21-year-old Pakistani.
"India will be taught an unforgettable lesson if they ever launch a nuclear attack on Pakistan," he said.
"Our response will be a historic lesson for them if they used the nuclear option."
On Tuesday reports quoted Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes as saying that in any nuclear exchange India would easily absorb a nuclear hit whereas Pakistan would "cease to exist."
India could "take a bomb or two or more... but when we respond there will be no Pakistan," the Press Trust of India quoted him as saying.