Abu Jindal’s arrest exposes Pakistani role: US expertJune 27th, 2012 - 10:44 am ICT by IANS
Washington, June 27 (IANS) Noting that India’s arrest of terror suspect Abu Jindal has exposed Pakistan’s role in the 26/11 Mumbai attack, a US expert has asked Islamabad to take action against all those involved, including serving intelligence officials.
Jindal’s alleged confession that “Pakistani intelligence officials were present in the control room from which he directed the attackers is explosive,” wrote Lisa Curtis, senior research fellow for South Asia at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation Tuesday.
“If true, these accusations will undermine an already shaky US-Pakistan relationship and further tarnish Pakistan’s global image,” she said noting the US likely assisted India in tracking Jindal and may have even weighed in to pressure the Saudis to deport him to India.
Noting that Islamabad has dragged its feet on investigating and prosecuting 26/11 suspects, Curtis said: “Pakistan must take action against any individuals involved in the Mumbai attacks, even if it means punishing serving intelligence officials.”
“Doing otherwise would only hasten the country’s international isolation and slide toward pariah state status.”
Meanwhile, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland Tuesday reiterated US support for India’s efforts to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice.
“We obviously have long supported and called for the arrest and prosecution and conviction of all of those responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, because we lost six of our own,” she said.
Nuland said the US also encouraged both India and Pakistan to continue to strengthen and deepen the dialogue that they have with each other.
“They’ve made good progress together in the last 18 months on economic issues, and we’re hopeful that that kind of increasing trust can be built on in other areas.”
(Arun Kumar can be contacted at email@example.com)
- US backs India on punishing 26/11 plotters - Jun 26, 2012
- 'Pakistan's inaction on 26/11, a time-bomb for US-Pakistan ties' - Jul 28, 2010
- 'US indictment of four Pakistanis in Mumbai attack significant' - Apr 27, 2011
- LeT 'major general', two ISI men were in 26/11 control room: Jindal - Jul 02, 2012
- Anti-India terror groups must be defeated, says US expert - Sep 15, 2011
- Pak motives point to "protecting" rather than "prosecuting " 26/11 terror suspects: Analyst - Apr 15, 2011
- US reiterates support for India's role in Afghanistan - Jul 04, 2012
- 'Americans like cricket, if India, Pakistan play' - Jul 24, 2012
- India ups pressure on 26/11 disclosures, discusses Kashmir with Pakistan (Second Lead) - Jul 05, 2012
- US denies India tilt, asks Pakistan to tackle Haqqani Network - Sep 28, 2011
- US review process delayed decision on Hafeez Saeed - Apr 04, 2012
- 'Jindal got regular information about Mumbai from Headley' - Jul 05, 2012
- 'US diplomats harassed in Pakistan for backing India's n-programme' - Dec 01, 2010
- India ups pressure on Pakistan over Jindal, no dossier shared (Roundup) - Jul 05, 2012
- US asking India to 'wean' from Iranian crude - Feb 18, 2012
Tags: accusations, arun kumar, attackers, confession, conservative think tank, economic issues, global image, heritage foundation, india and pakistan, intelligence officials, international isolation, jindal, pariah state, perpetrators, prosecution, research fellow, saudis, South Asia, spokesperson, victoria nuland