Sandeep Dikshit

NEW DELHI: The United States on Wednesday said it wanted the terrorists behind the Mumbai attacks brought to justice. It suggested better India-U.S. intelligence cooperation in the form of sharing of information and modern American equipment that would help India shore up its defences against terrorism.

“We want to bring the blood-thirsty perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice, wherever they are. And they include everybody you mention,” the new U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer said in response to a question whether after extensive intelligence sharing between India and the U.S., Washington thought that Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeeed should also be prosecuted.

He said he was communicating to his government, after coming here, the need for Pakistan to bring all those detained after the Mumbai attacks to be brought to justice. “We have a common enemy with India. And we are pressing Pakistan hard on the Mumbai suspects and we are very grateful for the close cooperation that we have with the Indian government on counter-insurgency, fighting terrorism, intelligence sharing.”

Mr. Roemer felt that in the wake of close cooperation between Indian and U.S. intelligence agencies after the Mumbai attacks, this proximity should be advanced to cover the “best equipment in the world” to help India fight the “common enemy” of terrorism.

Pointing out that the U.S. position on combating terrorism was “firm, resolute and bold,” he said, “We are committed to shutting down terrorist networks around the world and shutting down financing of those networks. We want to work with India and enhance our cooperation to achieve these results.”

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