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'Pakistan has been clear that it intends to take action'

February 3, 2009
In the immediate aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks, there was all this tough talk by the US that Pakistan has to bring these perpetrators to justice and so on. But, now there is this concern, especially in India, that in the midst of the change of administration in the US, Pakistan has been stalling and giving mixed and confusing signals, and that there has perhaps been a dissipation of pressure by Washington on Pakistan.

Not at all. I was there two weeks ago -- in Islamabad and Delhi -- and that week I visited the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad on a Monday and I visited the Taj Palace on Friday in Mumbai. We all know that terrorism is a terrible problem that afflicts the region and the only way to stop it is to get rid of the people who do it.

To get rid of the groups that do it and the Pakistanis have been quite clear that they intend to investigate and take action. We have been supportive, we have been encouraging them, we have been pressing them -- doing all three -- to make sure that we continue down that road, because that's the only way that Pakistan is going to be safe, India is going to be safe and the rest of us are going to be safe.

So, we are all in this together. We have got to get rid of terrorist groups and terrorist problems and that's what we are trying to do.

Image: Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist to be caught alive. Photograph courtesy: Sebastian D'Souza/Mumbai Mirror

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