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US for thorough probe into Pak blast

Calling for a thorough investigation, US hopes that Pak will not take steps to undermine democracy.Watch the blast video.

world Updated: Oct 20, 2007 19:01 IST

The US has said that in the aftermath of twin blasts in Karachi the Pakistan government should not take any steps that would undermine the democratic process in the country or make it harder for the people to participate in free and fair elections.

"We do not wish to see any actions take place that would undermine the democratic process in Pakistan or make it harder for the Pakistani people to have an opportunity to express their views in free and fair elections," State Department Deputy Spokesman Tom Casey said.

"We hope to see that a thorough investigation is conducted of this. We do not know who is responsible for this terrible attack, but we hope that the individuals who are found guilty be brought to justice," he said.

The Bush administration, however, refused to speculate the individuals and organisations behind the Karachi blasts even as senior officials are pointing to the Taliban and the Al- Qaeda as extremist outfits that have unleashed their terror potential in the country and its leaders before.

At the White House, the Spokesperson emphasised that the President George W Bush is concerned that anytime a moderate Islamic state like Pakistan takes steps toward stabilising democracy, the extremists are coming in the way.

"The President is concerned that overall -- when you look at a moderate Islamic state like Pakistan, that any time they try to make moves towards stabilizing their democracy, that radical Islamic extremists do something in order to try to stop that progress, and that is a concern to the President not only in Pakistan, but in the entire region," Press Secreratry Dana Perino said.

First Published: Oct 20, 2007 09:00 IST