US not satisfied with Pak's response
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. See specialworld Updated: Dec 21, 2008 17:36 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 on Wednesday that what Pakistan had done so far to catch those responsible for the Mumbai attacks was not enough.
She said her message to the Pakistani leadership was "...you need to deal with the terrorism problem. And it's not enough to say these are non-state actors. If they're operating from Pakistani territory, then they have to be dealt with."
A "much stronger message" was conveyed by Rice during a meeting with Durrani, US and diplomatic sources were quoted as saying by 'Dawn' newspaper.
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 Mr Durrani and the 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."
First Published: Dec 21, 2008 15:21 IST