Pakistan must do more to punish 26/11 suspects, says US

The United States today asked Pakistan to make more progress in bringing the suspects of 26/11 Mumbai attacks to justice.

Updated: May 12, 2010, 20:10 PM IST

Pune: The United States today asked Pakistan
to make more progress in bringing the suspects of 26/11 Mumbai
attacks to justice.

"We need to see more progress to be made on (booking and
trying) the suspects in Pakistan," US Ambassador to India
Timothy Roemer said.

He noted that India had delivered justice in the case by
concluding the trail of Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist
captured alive during the November 2008 attacks, who has been
given death sentence.
The US envoy, who was here to visit the German Bakery,
which was rocked by a bomb blast on February 13, and pay
homage to the victims, said six Americans were killed in the
Mumbai attack and the world community expected justice to be
done by punishing the perpetrators of the carnage.

Without spelling out a specific timeframe, Roemer said
India could have an access to Mumbai attack mastermind David
Headley "at some point of time in weeks ahead".

He said the US understands the importance of Headley for
India and the "door is open" to deliver access of the terror
suspect to New Delhi.

Talking to reporters after placing a wreath in memory
of the victims of the Pune blast, the US Ambassador said
"Headley symbolises the historic cooperation between the US
and India" in the global fight against terror.

Asked repeatedly to give a timeframe for Headley`s
access to India, Roemer said "some of questions in this regard
need to be resolved" by Indian government in "days and weeks
to come".

On the terror links being traced back to Islamabad,
Roemer said it was the American stand that "Pakistan has done
a lot on the terrorism front and they need to do a lot more to
make India, the US and the world safe".

The Ambassador said the US is "proud to be a strong,
strategic and indispensable partner of India to fight
terrorism wherever it occurs".
"We are hand-in-hand, shoulder-to-shoulder in sharing
intelligence to prevent next terror attack anywhere," he
asserted.

Asked whether the US still "equate" India with Pakistan
in its global policy, Roemer negated the suggestion, saying
the civilian nuclear deal was the testimony to the importance
America attached to its relationship with New Delhi.

He pointed out that Pakistan had not got the similar deal
from the US.

Roemer spoke profusely about the warm Indo-US ties and
said apart from fighting the menace of terrorism, the two
countries were collaborating in tackling many global problems.

"India is an indispensable partner of the United States
and we are honoured to be partners and friends."

Roemer met the owners of the German Bakery in Koregaon
Park area and hailed their efforts to rebuild the landmark
eatery destroyed in the terror attack that killed 17 persons
and injured over 50.

"It is a testament to the courage and resilience of the
people of Pune and the city`s openness and tolerance."

Later, Roemer attended a function where he distributed
certificates to participants of a two-week intensive English
language skills training programme funded by the Regional
English Language Office (RELO) of the US embassy and hosted
by Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society.

PTI