The United States will work non-stop as long as it takes to bring those behind the Mumbai attacks to book, outgoing US ambassador David C Mulford said in New Delhi on Friday.
“The United States has its own law. When American nationals are killed anywhere, we pursue those people as we are doing now. We will press ahead and we will do it non-stop as long as it takes,” Mulford said at a farewell function organised for him by the Confederation of Indian Industry.
“The Mumbai attack appeared to have come from Pakistan — monitored and managed by people in Pakistan,” he asserted. However, when asked whether the US suspected involvement of Pakistan’s official agencies in 26/11, Mulford said, “I don’t think we want to take a view that we make accusations against certain parties without the usual evidences, proofs.”
Mulford said the US had an important relationship with Pakistan and would encourage a democratic government there. “We want to see Pakistan succeed.” The war in Afghanistan, he said, had complicated that agenda.
He said that the US had suffered losses like Mumbai, and its economy, like India’s, was experiencing a slowdown. So this was the time, he concurred, when friends must work together — especially in combating terrorism.
Mulford also said that he was impressed by poll outcome in Jammu and Kashmir adding that free and fair elections will help usher in a period of peace and normalcy in the Valley.