'Pak to do more to restore its credibility with India'
Influential American Senator Johan Kerry has said that US will monitor Pakistan's firmness in the crackdown on radical Islamic groups and asked Islamabad to do more to restore its credibility with India.world Updated: Dec 17, 2008 13:47 IST
Influential American Senator Johan Kerry has said that US will monitor Pakistan's firmness in the crackdown on radical Islamic groups and asked Islamabad to do more to restore its credibility with India.
There are lot of "unfulfilled promises" that were made by Pakistan in the aftermath of the attack on the Indian parliament in 2001 and Islamabad needs to do more to keep its words, Kerry said.
Though the bar is high for Pakistan to re-establish its credibility with India particularly because of these unfulfilled promises, Kerry urged both countries to resume their stalled peace talks.
But he said the US will monitor Pakistan's firmness in the crackdown. "We are going to watch and hopefully cooperate in the process because we have an interest and we have a case."
Kerry, who has been named as the Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is close to President-elect Barack Obama, said Pakistan appeared to be determined to prosecute anyone against whom sufficient evidence of involvement in the Mumbai attacks is available.
"The (Pakistani) leadership is very clear that they will prosecute the accused," he said.
The Democrat Senator said this time the Pakistani action would be firmed and would not amount to temporarily closing down camps or making simple house arrests.
He said Pakistani leaders had assured him that "they intend to prove their bona fides with respect to this effort."
However, India will not be satisfied merely by words. "It has to be shown some action," Kerry stressed.
He said though the US is committed to giving financial aid to Pakistan, it will not help unless a firm understanding is given about how the government planned to deal with terror groups operating from the country's soil.
First Published: Dec 17, 2008 13:45 IST