Pakistan must cooperate in terror probe: Rice

December 2nd, 2008 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 2 (IANS) The United States has told Pakistan it expects nothing short of complete cooperation in the investigations into last week’s macabre terror attacks in India’s Mumbai city, Pakistan’s Online news agency reported Tuesday.”What we are emphasizing to the Pakistani government is the need to follow the evidence wherever it leads,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday.

Rice said during a stopover here: “I don’t want to jump to any conclusions myself on this, but I do think that this is a time for complete, absolute, total transparency and cooperation and that’s what we expect.”

Rice is cutting short a European trip to visit India Wednesday.

India has blamed “elements” from Pakistan for the coordinated terrorist attacks at various places of Mumbai that killed at least 183 people and injured more than 300.

Pakistan has denied the accusations and demanded evidence.

Rice is likely to pay a visit to Islamabad after her trip to India, diplomatic sources said.

Though there is no official announcement either by Washington or Islamabad, the diplomats said that Rice will be visiting Pakistan after speaking to the Indian leadership on the terror attacks.

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