Pakistan should respond urgently in Mumbai terror probe: Rice

December 3rd, 2008 - 10:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday asked Pakistan to cooperate “fully and urgently” with India to bring the perpetrators of the brazen Mumbai terror attack to justice and stressed a greater “intelligence sharing” between India and Pakistan.Addressing a joint press conference with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Rice promised India cooperation in probing the terror attacks and asked Islamabad to be “transparent” in its support to New Delhi in fighting terror.

“Pakistan has to respond fully and urgently. I have noted that President Zardari has pledged support to India. We expect that the pledge will be fulfilled fully and completely,” Rice said in her opening statement.

Earlier in the day, Rice also met new Home Minister P. Chidambaram and discussed intelligence sharing to combat terrorism.

“I have spoken with the home minister, and we are looking at reforms in India. The US has experience in counter terrorism. The special focus has to be on terror financing and intelligence sharing,” Rice said.

Talking about the role of what Pakistan President Zardari termed non-state actors plotting terror attacks from Pakistani soil, Rice said: “There are non-state actors confined in a state. There has to be very direct and tough action against them. The investigation is still underway. It needs greater intelligence sharing among them (India-Pakistan).”

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