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Updated: July 23, 2010 18:23 IST

Pakistan must act against Mumbai attackers: U.S.

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Flowers placed in front of Taj Mahal hotel. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said that Pakistan must act against Mumbai attackers. File Photo: Vivek Bendre
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Flowers placed in front of Taj Mahal hotel. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said that Pakistan must act against Mumbai attackers. File Photo: Vivek Bendre

The US has said it is important for Pakistan to investigate the Mumbai terror attack and bring to justice those responsible for it for its own and the entire region’s benefit.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters at his daily news briefing that the US would continue to discuss with Pakistan the need to probe the 26/11 carnage that killed 166 people.

“There are things, clearly, that Pakistan must do.

Certainly, continuing to investigate and bring to justice those who are responsible for the Mumbai attack is an important element,” Mr. Crowley said.

India has blamed Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT for masterminding the attack, and the lone Pakistani gunman captured alive following the raid has been awarded a death sentence by a court.

A trial is also on against seven suspects, including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, in Pakistan but India has said Islamabad should do more to bring the masterminds to book.

“It’s important to Pakistan. It’s also important to India. And we will continue our conversations with Pakistan on the things that it needs to do not only for the benefit of Pakistan but the region as a whole,” Mr. Crowley said.

The spokesperson said the US policy is to fully cooperate with Pakistan on terrorism and to continue to work closely to help Pakistan battle the insurgency that now is a threat to Pakistan itself.

“We’ve seen significant progress by Pakistan over the past year. It’s an area that was part of the Strategic Dialogue that our governments just had in Islamabad,” he said.


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