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'Pak must ensure Mumbai-like attacks don't reoccur'

Pakistan should take steps that reduce the threat of a reoccurence of Mumbai-like terrorist attacks, McCain has said.

world Updated: Jan 30, 2009 01:45 IST

Pakistan should take steps that reduce the threat of a reoccurence of Mumbai-like terrorist attacks, US Republican Presidential candidate for the 2008 election, John McCain, has said.

"This is what would satisfy the United States," McCain told PTI at the conclusion of a Senate Committee hearing on the Mumbai terrorist attack at the Capitol Hill in Washington.

"To satisfy the US ... Well actions that clearly indicate they have reduced the threat of their reoccurrence (of Mumbai terrorist attacks)," McCain said, when asked what actions of Pakistan would be satisfactory to the United States.

"I think that there are variety of reasons that argue for the arrest of the people who are responsible (for the attack) and the terrorist's organisations," he said.

Referring to the testimony by experts at Senate Committee hearing on Mumbai attack, McCain said it should be a very high priority to prevent heightening of tension between the two South Asian neighbours.

"I agree with the witness that it is very high priority to prevent heightening of tension between the two countries and the United States should do everything we can to prevent escalation of tensions," McCain said.

Earlier during the hearing McCain said the Mumbai terror attack was "well orchestrated, well trained and well planned" and had outdone security forces until commandos showed up.

"They were not necessarily suicide individuals, they were able with just handful of people to hit 10 targets... I think there are a whole lot of lessons... That may be we have not paid much attention to," he said.