US envoy asks Pak to act tough on 26/11 plotters

May 4th, 2011 - 4:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama New Delhi, May 4 (ANI): US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer on Wednesday urged Pakistan to act tough on the plotters of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, stressing that the nation needed to do more in the global fight against militancy.

“Pakistan needs to do more. We have, as you have seen very evidently by senior level visitors from the United States going to Islamabad, we have made it very clear that Pakistan needs to do more,” Ambassador Roemer told reporters here.

“They need to show progress and results on the Mumbai trial. That Mumbai attack on 26/11 killed scores of Indians, six Americans, and the United States wants to progress and results and justice,” he added.

Ambassador Roemer’sop remarks came following the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden by US Navy Seals in a covert operation authorised by US President Barack Obama, inside a heavily fortified residential complex located close to a Pakistani Military Academy in Pakistan’s Abbottabad town on Monday.

Training his guns at the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror outfit, Ambassador Roemer further said the US Government wanted to see the outfit’s chief, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, behind bars.

“We continue to encourage Pakistan to show results in Mumbai trials, to take on Lashkar-e-Toiba as a terrorist group, and to make sure people like Lakhvi stay in prison,” he added.

Meanwhile, calling it a ‘historic period’ in India-U.S. ties, the US envoy said the two nations had entered into a bilateral security partnership to curtail militancy thriving in the restive region.

“I would also like to say with respect to India, that for the past two years, under the President’s vision and leadership, and with the strong support from Dr. Manmohan Singh, the United States and India have entered into a security partnership where we have worked together to share David Headley (co-conspirator of the Mumbai attacks), to share intelligence on a daily basis, no matter what the threat might be, whether it was during the Commonwealth games or the World Cup,” said Ambassador Roemer.

“We continue to do that in an hourly fashion, we are sharing best practices, and we have entered into a historic period between the United States and India in counter-terrorism cooperation, security partnership and as global relationship to take on groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba,” he added. (ANI)

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