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Rice urges Pakistan for 'direct and tough action' against Mumbai attackers
Nidhi Razdan
Senior Anchor and Senior Special Correspondent
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 11:15 PM (New Delhi)

Rejecting Pakistan's contention, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday said that there is need for "direct and tough action" by Islamabad, even if the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks were "non-state actors". Rice said Pakistan had to be transparent in its co-operation.

Rice held meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi.

Pranab Mukherjee did some tough talking as well, saying India will use whatever means it has to defend its territorial integrity.He said that India's action would be contingent on Pakistan's response. But there was a word of caution from Rice. She said that India must be mindful of unintended consequences.

As India waits for Pakistan's response, cross border tensions have only risen. It has been made worse by Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari's rejection of India's charge, that the terrorist caught in Bombay was a Pakistani.

"We have not been given any tangible proof to say that he is definitely a Pakistani. I very much doubt that he's a Pakistani. These terrorists are stateless actors who have been operating throughout the region. The state of Pakistan is not responsible for the attacks in Mumbai," Zardari said.

Also, India's demand to hand over 20 men wanted, for terror attacks across India, including Dawood Ibrahim and Lashkar chief Hafez Mohammed Sayeed has been turned down by Zardari.

"If Pakistan had proof, we would try them in our courts. We would try them in our land and we would sentence them," Zardari had said.


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