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India asks US, China, Saudi Arabia to put pressure on Pak

india Updated: Dec 26, 2008 20:29 IST
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Mounting its diplomatic offensive, India has impressed upon the US and Pakistan's two key allies, China and Saudi Arabia, to pressurise Islamabad to take concrete action against those behind the Mumbai attacks.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is understood to have conveyed to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi and Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal India's dissatisfaction over token actions by Pakistan against those responsible for the Mumbai terror strikes.

Mukherjee, who had telephonic conversation with Rice and Yang and met Al-Faisal, apprised them about the latest situation in Indo-Pak ties which are witnessing a new chill, particularly because of Islamabad's denial mode.

During the telephonic conversations last night, Mukherjee is believed to have told Rice and Yang that Pakistan was not doing enough against those behind the Mumbai carnage and that the US and China should put pressure on it to ensure that those responsible for the carnage are brought to justice.

Rice is understood to have conveyed to Mukherjee that the US is keen to see that the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks are punished and is persuading Pakistan to act in concrete terms in this regard.

Yang, while condemning the attacks, agreed that the perpetrators should be punished.

During his meeting with the Saudi minister, Mukherjee noted that India had so far exercised restraint despite the outrage in the country over the attacks.

The Saudi Foreign Minister, while describing terrorism as an "evil" and "cancer", underlined that all countries needed to cooperate to "destroy" the scourge completely.

Al-Faisal, who arrived here this morning for a brief visit amid chill in Indo-Pak relations, agreed with New Delhi on the need for urgent and transparent cooperation of all nations in ending terrorism after he was apprised about how Mumbai attacks were carried out by elements based in Pakistan.

Mukherjee is believed to have impressed upon Al-Faisal the need for Saudi Arabia using its influence to ensure that those behind the Mumbai carnage in Pakistan are brought to justice at the earliest.

During the meeting, Mukherjee is understood to have shared details of the Mumbai attacks and apprised Al-Faisal about how 10 heavily-armed terrorists were trained in Pakistan and sent from Karachi to launch well-coordinated attacks in which about 180 people, including 26 foreigners, were killed.

At a joint media interaction with his Saudi counterpart after the talks, Mukherjee said terrorism is not an issue between India and Pakistan but a global menace.

"It was agreed that global terrorism has to be dealt with by joint action among all countries. We further agreed that whatever action has to be taken to control terrorism, should be taken without delay and in a transparent manner," he said.

Agreeing with Mukherjee's views, the Saudi Minister underlined that the best way to deal with terrorism is to "cut it out" and "destroy it completely" so that there is no repeat of tragedies like Mumbai.

Al-Faisal suggested that the UN should set up a special body to fight the scourge wherever it exists.

"Saudi Arabia has a proposal which we made to the UN to create a special body for the international community to come together and fight terrorism, which is an evil and cancer in our world," he said.