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Rice urges Pakistan to act swiftly after attacks

Latest update : 2008-12-04

On a visit to New Delhi, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Pakistan must act "urgently" and with full transparency to help find those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks in the wake of rising tensions with India.

France24.com's Leela Jacinto is in Mumbai following events as they unfold.  Click here to read her reports, and check out her notebook from the terror-stricken city.

 

 

Watch our Top Story: Terrorism: Pakistan under pressure

 

 

Why is India blaming Pakistan? FRANCE 24 Observers answer.

 

 

AFP - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Pakistan Wednesday to "cooperate fully and transparently" with India's investigation into last week's Islamic militant attacks on Mumbai.

Speaking in the Indian capital ahead of talks with Indian leaders, Rice urged Pakistan to respond "swiftly and transparently" to New Delhi's accusations that the gunmen came from across the border.

Ties between the nuclear-armed South Asian rivals have become strained in the wake of the devastating assault on Mumbai which left 188 people dead. The two countries have fought three wars since their 1947 independence from British rule.

"Pakistan needs to act with urgency and with resolve and cooperate fully and transparently," Rice told reporters prior to talks with Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"That message will be delivered to Pakistan," said Rice, who was expected to fly to Islamabad on Thursday.

Although she refused to "jump to any conclusions about who is responsible," US intelligence officials have suggested the assault was the work of the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

"This is a time for everyone to cooperate and to do so transparently, and especially a time for Pakistan to do so," she added.

An Indian government source told AFP that Rice will be handed evidence of a Pakistan link to the attack on a string of targets in India's economic capital including two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a popular cafe, a railway station and a hospital.

The attack was carried out by 10 gunmen, some of whom arrived by boat. The official toll stands at 188 dead and more than 300 wounded. Those killed included 22 foreign nationals.

"We will put on the table information so far gathered. We plan to share transcripts of satellite phone conversations that link the terrorists to their Pakistani handlers," the senior government source said on condition he not be named.

"We have evidence of numbers recovered from phones (that show) where the calls came from or were made to," he added.

Date created : 2008-12-03

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