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    Condoleezza Rice says Pakistan’s government has been given sufficient evidence.

    Condoleezza Rice was meeting Great Zardari, the President of Pakistan, and General Kiyani today. I wonder what evidence was presented? According to the article Condoleezza Rice said Pakistan’s government has been given sufficient evidence to take action against suspects?

    Bloomberg.com: Asia

    Pakistan Has Enough Mumbai Evidence to Act, Rice Says

    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Pakistan’s government has been given sufficient evidence to take action against suspects in last week’s deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

    Pakistan’s leadership “is very focused and very committed” to acting against those who planned the attack, Rice told reporters after meeting President Asif Ali Zardai and Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Islamabad today. India has blamed “elements” in Pakistan for the attacks and asked Zardari’s government to extradite 20 suspected terrorists.

    There is a “lot of information about what happened here, a lot of information,” Rice said. “And so this isn’t an issue of sharing evidence.”

    Rice is pushing the government in Islamabad to cooperate with India’s investigation to prevent an escalation of tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors. The Mumbai assault targeted the city’s main railway station and three five-star hotels, leaving at least 195 people dead.
    The “information needs to be used now to get the perpetrators,” Rice said. “There needs to be action, urgently and transparently, and that is a message that has been well received here in Pakistan.”

    Pakistan “will not only assist in the investigation but also take strong action against any Pakistani elements found involved in the attack,” Zardari said in a statement.

    Peace Process

    The Bush administration wants to ensure the attacks don’t damage the more than five-year-old peace process between Pakistan and India, which have fought three wars since 1947, two over the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir.

    Rice declined to say how confident she is that the two governments will work together on the investigation.

    “I hope they will keep the lines of communication open,” she said. “It’s a difficult time.”

    The two sides have shown more restraint than in 2002, when both amassed forces at their border after militants thought to have originated in Pakistan attacked the Indian Parliament in December 2001.

    Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee this week sought to dispel fears that the Mumbai death toll and possible links to Pakistan might prompt a war, saying “no one is talking about military action.”

    U.S. Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell said two days ago the group behind the Mumbai assault also carried out the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament, which authorities blamed on the Pakistani militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. He didn’t mention the group by name.

    Lashkar-e-Taiba

    His assessment echoed that of a U.S. counterterrorism official, who said there are strong indications the gunmen were linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is fighting Indian rule in Kashmir. The official, who asked not to be identified, cautioned that the probe is in its early stages.

    The New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that former officers from Pakistan’s army and its Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate helped train the Mumbai gunmen. The newspaper cited a former Defense Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, for its report.

    The official said no links had been uncovered between the gunmen and Pakistan’s government, the Times reported.

    Pakistan’s top army commanders met in Rawalpindi today and were briefed on the security environment, the military said in a release. Army chief Kayani “expressed satisfaction on the operational preparedness and training of the army,” according to the release.

    He hoped peace and stability in the region will be maintained, the release said. Kayani met Rice before the meeting with army commanders.
    " Judges give justice, not interviews" - Rana Bhagwandas, 21 March 2007.

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    Will Pakistan establish some sort of ties with israel?

    YOU ARE REMEMBERED FOR THE RULES YOU BREAK-Mc.ARTHUR.

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      'No doubt' Mumbai attacks planned in Pakistan: Rice

      With Pakistan taking actions against the LeT and arresting one of its top commanders that was named by India as the person that trained Mumbai terrorists, Condoleezza Rice's comments now see true. Do they not?


      Rice: 'No doubt' Mumbai attacks planned in Pakistan - CNN.com


      Rice: 'No doubt' Mumbai attacks planned in Pakistan

      WASHINGTON (CNN) -- "There's no doubt" that the deadly attack on India's financial capital last month was planned inside Pakistan, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CNN on Sunday.

      Her comments to CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" were the most definitive made by a top-ranking U.S. official regarding Pakistan's connection to the November 26-29 attack on Mumbai, in which more than 170 were killed and hundreds of others were wounded.

      "Well, I think there's no doubt that Pakistani territory was used by probably non-state actors," Rice said. "I don't think that there is compelling evidence of involvement of Pakistani officials. But I do think that Pakistan has a responsibility to act, and it doesn't matter that they're non-state actors."
      Last week, Rice traveled to the region to try to ease tension between India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers and key allies of the United States. While in New Delhi, India, she called on Pakistan to take responsibility for terrorists operating within its borders.

      Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has said "stateless actors" carried out the attack while Indian authorities say they believe all the attackers were Pakistanis, specifically blaming Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), an Islamic militant group based in Pakistan.

      U.S. counterterrorism officials say signs point to LeT, and they haven't seen anything to rule it out. However, they have not definitively said the group is responsible. U.S. Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell said during an appearance Tuesday at Harvard University that the Mumbai attacks were carried out by the same group responsible for the parliament attack and a series of bomb explosions aboard trains and at railway stations in Mumbai in 2006 -- though he didn't specifically name LeT.

      LeT has denied any responsibility for the attacks, but a suspect in custody -- whom India has said was one of 10 gunmen in the attacks -- told interrogators he was trained by LeT, Indian authorities said. India said its forces killed nine gunmen.

      On Sunday, Rice said LeT and al Qaeda "tend to travel in the same circles," though she declined to directly link either group to the Mumbai attack. But she stressed that Pakistan is obligated to root out terrorists within its borders.

      "Well, I don't want to go into too much detail here because, obviously, in counterterrorism no one wants to tip the hand of what has happened here and what may happen in the future," Rice said. "The important thing now is to get these perpetrators and to prevent follow-on attacks. And Pakistan's cooperation, Pakistan's action, is absolutely essential to doing that."

      Asked about possible ties between Pakistan's government and LeT, Rice acknowledged "there have been historic ties -- there's no doubt about that."
      "But Pakistan is a different place now with a civilian government and an army leadership that is working in concert to try to bring an end to extremism within Pakistan," she said.


      "We have to remember that Pakistan itself has been suffering at the hands of extremism. So whatever the history here, and there is a history, the important thing is that Pakistan act against those who used Pakistani soil to perpetrate attacks."
      " Judges give justice, not interviews" - Rana Bhagwandas, 21 March 2007.

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        #4
        hmmm. so they are ignoring their involvements and brutality aaan?

        G O D B L E S S Y O U

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          Why is it that the regular posters are not posting here. Are they afraid to face reality!!!

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