US pushing Pak for action against LeT: Hillary
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 23:44
Washington: The Obama administration is pressing Pakistan persistently to take action against LeT that is responsible for the Mumbai terror attack, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today but refrained from committing to make this a part of the US scorecard on Pakistan, as sought by a Congressional committee.

Clinton said the US would continue to press Pakistan over its failure to bring to book those responsible for 26/11 but any move to link this action to aid needed consideration.

"I do not want to commit at this time to taking such a path because I think it's important that there be further consideration of all of the implications," Clinton said at a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"Every time we meet with the Pakistanis, we press them on LeT about the continuing failure, in our view, to fulfill all of the requirements necessary for prosecution related to the Mumbai attacks and we will continue to do so," she said.

Clinton was responding to a question from influential Congressman Ed Royce, who is also the co-chair of the India Caucus in the House of Representatives.

Clinton also said that India was trying to improve ties with Pakistan and any US policy on the issue has to be coordinated with the country.

"Well, of course, we worry about that very, very much. We discuss it in great depth with our Indian counterparts, because it is, first and foremost, a concern of theirs.

"It is obviously also concerning to us, but we have designated them. We are, you know, certainly raising their continuing presence and activities on a regular basis," Clinton said.


First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011, 23:44

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