Pakistan should cooperate with India in Mumbai attacks investigation: US

Published: May 27, 2016
US urges Pakistan to address all groups operating on their soil. PHOTO: AFP

US urges Pakistan to address all groups operating on their soil. PHOTO: AFP

The United States on Friday urged Pakistan to cooperate with India to investigate the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Asked what America is doing about “the actors, the masterminds” of the attacks “freely roaming around in Pakistan,” US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said, “Well, we continue to urge the Pakistani Government to cooperate with the Indian authorities to fully investigate these attacks. It was a terrible tragedy; you’re absolutely right. We want to see justice done and we continue to urge Pakistani cooperation.”

Pakistan summons Indian witnesses in Mumbai attack to appear before ATC

The US State Department spokesperson went on to say, “Well, that’s an ongoing conversation that we have with the Pakistani authorities,” when asked why the US didn’t urge Pakistanis to take care of the late Taliban leader.

“They need to address all groups operating on their soil – Taliban groups that are operating on their soil and their territory. We’ve urged them to do so in the past. We continue to urge them to do so and have worked with them on addressing the very real threat on their own soil,” Toner added.

Statement from the US State Department comes a day after Pakistan confirmed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s death in a US drone strike.

Asked whether Taliban will engage in Afghan peace talks after the US killed their leader, Toner said, “First and foremost, our action against Mansour was predicated on the fact that we believed he was going to carry out lethal attacks on US servicemen and women in the field as well as against Afghan forces. That was – that was the clear and pressing, imminent threat that we were addressing by removing him from the battlefield. But we also hope that it sent a clear signal to the Taliban that really peace and reconciliation is their only option.”

US scuttled Afghan peace push: Sartaj

In March, Pakistan asked the Indian government to send all 24 witnesses of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack to Islamabad, to appear before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in the federal capital.

“The Foreign Office has written to the Indian government asking it to send all 24 witnesses to Pakistan for recording statements in the trial court in the Mumbai attack case,” India’s news wire service, Press Trust of India (PTI), quoted chief prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar as saying on Sunday.

The prosecution chief said the ATC has already completed recording the statements of all Pakistani witnesses in the case.

“Now the ball is in India’s court. The Indian government should send all Indian witnesses of the Mumbai case to Pakistan to record their statements so that the trial could further move ahead,” Azhar, who is also a special prosecutor of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), said.

Pakistan finally confirms Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s death in US drone strike

Separately, four days after Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed in a US drone strike in Balochistan, army chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday said such attacks not only violated Pakistan’s sovereignty but were also detrimental to bilateral ties between the two countries.

On a day when the Taliban officially confirmed the death of Mansoor and picked his successor, US Ambassador David Hale met the army chief at the GHQ in Rawalpindi in an apparent attempt to pacify Pakistan and ensure his country’s relations were not affected by the episode.

Further, Pakistan on Thursday said Washington’s action had scuttled efforts to bring the insurgent group onto the negotiating table.


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“The death of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a drone strike on May 21 has added to the complexity of the Afghan conflict,” Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told reporters at a news conference. “We believe that this action has undermined the Afghan peace process,” he said.


Sartaj officially confirmed that Mullah Mansoor was killed in the US drone strike in Naushki, Baluchistan. “All indicators confirm that the person killed in the drone strike was Mullah Akhtar Mansoor who was travelling on a fake identity. The DNA test result will be available shortly,” he said.


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Reader Comments (18)

  • Mahakaalchakra
    May 27, 2016 - 10:52AM

    But Rana Sannah Ulla of PMLN recently has told BBC that Pakistan can not take action against LeT and JuD as government was involved with these agencies. Punjab government under his watch used to allocate millions in its budget even after 2008.Recommend

  • Mirza Asif Baig
    May 27, 2016 - 10:59AM

    But First India should stop War in Balochistan and Fata. Recommend

  • SKChadha
    May 27, 2016 - 11:02AM

    Pakistan can cooperate only with one side?Recommend

  • May 27, 2016 - 11:04AM

    Pakistan is a Terror sponsorer. It will not go after its own assets. Its time US sanction Pakistan. Withholding Aid will not do. Recommend

  • Rajesh
    May 27, 2016 - 11:31AM

    Well done US. why pakistan should take dictation from big brother US, why can’t it act on its own.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    May 27, 2016 - 12:38PM

    As I see it. USA is sending its message to Pakistan that if Pakistan will not act US drones will take action. Drone strikes are no longer restricted to FATA. After recent drone strike in Baluchistan, it can be expanded to include Muridke, Muzaffarabad and Bahawalpur. May be expanded to include Islamabad even. US has $10 million bounty on Hafiz Saeed. Recommend

  • Sunil
    May 27, 2016 - 12:46PM

    The word “cooperation” is never in the dictionary of Pakistan, that too specially with India.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    May 27, 2016 - 12:54PM

    How Pakistan will prosecute it’s own intelligence men and strategic assets?Actually Pakistan should ask India to send Taj hotel,trident hotel,vt railway station for examination under Pak judiciary.Otherwise how they will not know that it was not an inside job.Recommend

  • jay
    May 27, 2016 - 1:08PM

    A country that didnt change one bit after watching innocents kids die a horrible death in Peshawar, wont ever change. Its futile for the world to expect anything good ever from this country. I have zero hope about Pakistan, am sure most Indian also share this sentiment. Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 27, 2016 - 1:15PM

    @Mirza Asif Baig:
    You started it.Recommend

  • Feroz
    May 27, 2016 - 1:20PM

    Utter nonsense ! All investigations were over in 2008, it is prosecution of the culprits that has been a farce. The US, Pakistan, India as well as well as every country in the world knows this reality, regardless of how it is being whitewashed.Recommend

  • Kamal
    May 27, 2016 - 2:33PM

    From heavy tilt towards India to outright threats and hostility. Time for Pakistan and China to start planning for contingencies, all of which point to long term hostility. I think another adventure in Kashmir may be in order to keep the enemy (US and India) on their toes. Recommend

  • May 27, 2016 - 3:11PM

    and what about Kashmir ? slaughtering of 100, 000 people by India. ? Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    May 27, 2016 - 3:24PM

    @Mirza Asif Baig:
    India is not starting any war . Its a norm for all countries to have their ‘ bases’ in neighbouring counties just for safety sake . BTW if you keep all your people happy , why bother about their secessionist plans with ‘enemy’ countries ? If you are so bothered about Balouch etc., then take care of them. They will automatically want to be in the mainstream of Pak. Stop blaming India for everything . Recommend

  • Menon
    May 27, 2016 - 4:30PM

    Not going to happen when a country is on its own orbit to self destruction.Recommend

  • Cancerian Sethi
    May 27, 2016 - 4:35PM

    It was an inside job and that has been voiced by their own Minister and home ministry officer in a court of law …Recommend

  • Hameed
    May 27, 2016 - 5:20PM

    @Mirza Asif Baig:

    But First India should stop War in Balochistan and Fata

    Was Mullah Mansoor an Indian agent? What about Taliban shoora in Quetta which has just elected a new leader?Recommend

  • quatro
    May 27, 2016 - 5:54PM

    @Raj – USA:

    US has $10 million bounty on Hafiz

    USA has said that it would pay $10 million to anyone who could provide sufficient evidence that would lead to his arrest/conviction. The operative word is “provide sufficient evidence” which is a long way from providing a dead or alive bounty. Recommend

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