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US gets tougher with Pakistan

world Updated: Dec 21, 2008 23:12 IST

In a tough message to Pakistan, the US has said it is not satisfied with what Islamabad has done so far for eradicating terrorism from its soil after the Mumbai attack, which was not an ordinary event which can be “swept under the carpet.”

The message was conveyed by top American officials to Pakistani National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani, who was summoned to Washington as the US government was “getting increasingly frustrated with what it views as Islamabad’s shifty and shifting position on the Mumbai attacks and their aftermath”, the Daily Times newspaper reported.

Durrani on Saturday concluded his unannounced three-day US visit during which he met Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, his American counterpart Stephen Hadley and Pentagon officials.

In a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice said that what Pakistan had done so far to catch those responsible for the Mumbai attacks was not enough.

The Pakistani team, which included Ambassador Hussain Haqqani, learnt from Rice and Hadley that the US is not satisfied with what Pakistan “had done so far for eradicating terrorism from its soil”.

A senior diplomatic source familiar with the talks said: “The curt message that Pakistani team received from the Americans was: this is not 2002 and you cannot do what President (Pervez) Musharraf did after 9/11... In the past, you swept everything under the carpet while the problems were allowed to fester. No more.”

The US officials “insisted that they had enough evidence to prove that Lashker-e-Tayyeba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa were involved in the Mumbai attacks and they wanted concrete action against all such groups”.

“The message the Americans gave was: this is the third time we are saying such a thing. We may not be able to bail you out the fourth time. Global terrorism is not just an India-Pakistan dispute. We see LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa at par with Al Qaeda. Pakistan should stop thinking of this as just another round of India-Pakistan altercations,” the source said.