'No reason to doubt Pakistan's sincerity'
US says there was no reason to doubt Pakistan's sincerity in taking action against the JuD, stressing that Islamabad was committed to make all efforts to prevent terrorists from striking again. 'No firm proof that Mumbai attackers were from Pak' | Special Coverageworld Updated: Dec 18, 2008 11:05 IST
There is no reason to doubt Pakistan's sincerity in taking action against the banned outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the US today said, voicing confidence that Islamabad was committed to make all efforts to prevent terrorists from striking again. <b1>
At Foggy Bottom, the Deputy Spokesman Robert Wood was asked to comment on India's concern that Islamabad was not taking enough action against the JuD, on which the UN Security Council imposed sanctions in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.
"Do you think that they are being sincere about their reaction to Jamaat-ud-Dawa?" Wood was asked.
"I think the Pakistani government is being very sincere. Look, they're on the front lines of terrorism... But they've given us a very solemn commitment," Wood said.
"We believe that they (Pakistan) are, as I said, committed to trying to get to the bottom of this investigation and make sure these attacks don't happen," he replied.
Wood said Pakistan, which has given a "very solemn commitment" to India to help in the Mumbai attack probe, has to "disentangle" the issues of charitable organisations -- tied into terrorist groups.
"They've told the Indians that they're going to do everything they can to help with the investigation in terms of trying to find out who did this and to prevent future attacks from happening. So we don't have any doubt that Pakistan's committed to trying to get to the bottom of this," Wood said.
The senior State department official was then asked if he thought the Pakistani army is being sincere in this regard.
"I have no reason to doubt that. We believe that they (Pakistan government) are committed to trying to get to the bottom of this investigation. So I have no reason to think that the Pakistani army feels otherwise," he replied.