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Pak needs to bring 26/11 attackers to justice

The US has said it is important for Pakistan to investigate the Mumbai terror attack and bring to justice those responsible for it for its own and the entire region`s benefit.



Washington: The US has said it is important for Pakistan to investigate the Mumbai terror attack and bring to justice those responsible for it for its own and the entire region`s benefit.

State Department spokesman PJ Crowley told reporters at his daily news briefing that the US would continue to discuss with Pakistan the need to probe the 26/11 carnage that
killed 166 people.

"There are things, clearly, that Pakistan must do. Certainly, continuing to investigate and bring to justice those who are responsible for the Mumbai attack is an important element," Crowley said.

India has blamed Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba for masterminding the attack, and the lone Pakistani gunman captured alive following the raid has been
awarded a death sentence by a court.

A trial is also on against seven suspects, including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, in Pakistan but India has said Islamabad should do more to bring the
masterminds to book.

"It`s important to Pakistan. It`s also important to India. And we will continue our conversations with Pakistan on the things that it needs to do not only for the benefit of
Pakistan but the region as a whole," Crowley said.

The spokesperson said the US policy is to fully cooperate with Pakistan on terrorism and to continue to work closely to help Pakistan battle the insurgency that now is a
threat to Pakistan itself.

"We`ve seen significant progress by Pakistan over the past year. It`s an area that was part of the Strategic Dialogue that our governments just had in Islamabad," he said.

PTI

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