UN, US mount pressure on Pak

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india Updated: Nov 03, 2005 11:01 IST

Pakistan may have ruled out the possibility of terrorists based in its territory having a hand in the Delhi blasts, but not everybody is convinced. The UN and the US have sought to mount indirect pressure on Pakistan to crack down on the sponsors, financiers and perpetrators of the bomb blasts.

UN Security Council president Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu, without explicitly naming Pakistan but leaving none in doubt about his target, has emphasised that all states must "cooperate actively with Indian authorities".

"The Security Council stresses the importance of bringing the perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of violence to justice, and urges all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1624 (2005), to cooperate actively with the Indian authorities in this regard," he said in a statement to the UNSC meeting on Monday.

The US also made an oblique but unmistakable call on Pakistan. "Everybody has a responsibility to do their part to crack down on terrorism," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said during a press briefing on Tuesday. "And we can all do more in that regard."

The comments by the UNSC president and the White House spokesman come close on the heels of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's dismay over indications of "external linkages" in the terror strikes in the Capital on October 29.

On Wednesday, Islamabad asked India to share evidence in this regard and promised to take action against those involved.

"The prime minister talked about preliminary investigations pointing to the possibility of (involvement of Pakistan-based militants groups in the Delhi blasts)," Pakistani Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told reporters in Islamabad. "That is certainly not some evidence. We do expect the Government of India to share the evidence of involvement of any Pakistani or if there is any Pakistani connection. Once we get that evidence we certainly will take action."
Also on Wednesday, Pakistani Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said: "We're ready to extend all out cooperation to the Indian government to investigate this saga of terrorism."

"These all are baseless and concocted allegations," he said referring to suspicions that Pakistani outfits could be involvement in Saturday's Delhi blasts.
On Tuesday, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had claimed it was not involved in the bombings in New Delhi. A man who identified himself as Abu Kuzaifa, a spokesman of the Pakistan-based LeT, had telephoned the Kashmir News Service (KNS) in Srinagar and said the group was not involved in the attacks.
In Delhi, the police on Wednesday, for the first time, indicated that a foreign hand might have been behind the blasts. They, however, stopped short of naming any country or group.

"We're working on a number of leads, including an external link to the blasts, but it would be too early to say anything," said Karnal Singh, joint commissioner, Special Cell.

The police also released a portrait of the suspect who placed a bag containing explosives in the DTC bus in Govindpuri. The suspect, about 21 years old, is said to be about 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

Police teams have been dispatched to a number of places -- including J&K and western UP, as some calls were to these places made from the crime spot. Sources said calls were also made to Muzaffarabad in PoK but officers refused to confirm this.

With agency inputs

First Published: Nov 03, 2005 01:31 IST