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US to play role to defuse Indo-Pak tension: Rice

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said that Pakistan was fully cooperating in the aftermath of Mumbai incident. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Thursday following her meetings with Pakistani leadership, she lauded Pakistan’s offer for cooperation in investigations into the tragedy.

Ms. Rice acknowledged that Pakistan itself was a victim of terrorism and there was need for global joint efforts to address the challenge. She said the Government of Pakistan is concentrating on the roots of the problem. The US Secretary of State said President Asif Ali Zardari has given assurance that Pakistan would take action if any Pakistani national was found involved in Mumbai attacks.

To a question about possibility of war, Dr. Condoleezza Rice said both Pakistan and India are responsible states and none of them has talked about the military option. She said the United States would play its role in defusing the tension between the two countries. To a question she said India is concerned and determined to bring perpetrators to justice and Pakistani leadership understands the situation. She said the United States was also concerned as its nationals also lost their lives in Mumbai attacks.

She described it as a terrible and sophisticated attack, the sophistication of which has not seen the sub-continent before. There is, therefore, urgency of bring perpetrators to justice and taking steps to prevent further attacks. The US Secretary of State has left Pakistan after a brief stay and talks with the leadership of the country.-SANA

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