ON Thursday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was avowedly on a mission to defuse tension between India and Pakistan, rubbished speculations about a war between the two neighbours. The Indian Foreign Secretary also made it clear that military action is not being considered. There are many who had ruled out war on account of India and Pakistan being armed with nuclear weapons. What is more, the international community is worried about the prospects of a nuclear holocaust whose effects will not remain confined to the region. A number of countries, that include the US, China, Russia, EU states and Gulf countries, have stakes in peace in the region which is a large market besides enjoying an important position in their respective global and regional strategies. War cries were raised from India soon after the tragic Mumbai incident. A major section of India's media went haywire, accusing Pakistan and calling for immediate attack. The morning after the attackers started the operation, an otherwise sober Indian daily The Hindu pointed an accusing finger at Pakistan. This was done without any enquiry. The less responsible elements in the Indian media tried to create a war frenzy. With elections in a number of states about to be held and general elections scheduled for next year, extremist Hindu parties tried to make political capital out of the tragedy by calls for action and revenge. BJP president Rajnath Singh demanded that New Delhi initiate measures to "avenge the repeated terror attacks" and give Pakistan a "befitting reply." The Indian Foreign Ministry sent two threatening demarches to Islamabad and Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said India was weighing all options. With indications of serious security lapses and facts coming to light indicating the attacks might have been facilitated by Indian operatives, New Delhi has been forced to bring down the hype. With clouds of war gradually dissipating, demands for a fair probe are also being made by major democracies. Secretary Rice told government leaders in Islamabad on Thursday that enough information has been made available to initiate investigations. What is more, this has to be undertaken urgently and the perpetrators brought to justice. China has meanwhile urged the two neighbouring countries to step up cooperation and dialogue and jointly safeguard peace and stability in South Asia. It is time Pakistan seeks proofs from India. Pakistan has denied that the attackers were Pakistani citizens or had come from Pakistan. Even if they were Pakistanis, as most of the 9/11 attackers were Saudi citizens, India needs to prove that they had been directed by the government or a state agency to undertake the attacks. Pakistan's hands are clean. The evidence so far leaked out to the Indian press is flimsy and leads nowhere. Pakistan should have no fears from a fair probe.