Britain pushes Pakistan for further and fasteraction against 26/11 masterminds

January 17th, 2009 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Jan.17 (ANI): Britain has asked Pakistan to act swiftly, and initiate more measures to ensure that the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks are prosecuted and punished. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who is on visit to Pakistan after a tour of India, said that those nabbed by Pakistan after the crackdown on the terrorist outfits in the country, should be punished through trial quickly.
Actions need to go further and faster so that those arrested by Pakistan should be punished through trial, The Daily Times quoted Miliband, as saying.
He pressed Pakistan to take more steps to thwart the activities of all the banned terrorist outfits running on its soil.
These are just the first steps and we want more, Miliband said.
Talking to reporters at the British High Commission here, Miliband said that there is no doubt that the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) was behind the Mumbai carnage.
He added that the policies of Pakistan towards tackling the menace of terrorism have failed, and the Mumbai attack is a testimony to the fact.
Miliband offered full support to Islamabad in its fight against terrorism, but said Pakistan will have take sincere steps in this regard.
We are ready to support Pakistan, but Pakistan will have to do everything to stop terrorists from using its land for terrorism, he said.
Taking note of the Kashmir issue, the prime factor in the continuous confrontation between India and Pakistan, Miliband said that the issue should be resolved through talks.
The two countries should solve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue, he said.
Commenting on the volatile situation of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Miliband said: Pakistan should remain focused on quelling extremists and terrorists on its western border.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani met the British Foreign Secretary, and assured him of Pakistan governments stance of prosecuting the Mumbai suspects in accordance with the Pakistani law in a transparent and fair trial. (ANI)

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