There had been credible reports of advanced Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) planning for attacks against India, a newly released cable by WikiLeaks reveals.
The US government had shown concern of a possible attack against India by LeT.
The cable quoted Secretary of State as instructing the embassy to underscore to the senior Pakistani leadership the critical importance of Pakistani cooperation in preventing LeT attacks on India:
An attack at this time — especially from Pakistani territory — would undermine progress for regional cooperation, divert resources from the military campaign in the west, and could hinder the USG’s ability to provide Pakistan with military and economic assistance without restrictive conditions.
Clinton had said that the new Indian government had indicated its willingness to re-engage with Pakistan, but Pakistani progress in bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice is critical to laying the foundation for improved relations with Delhi.
Clinton had warned that an attack launched from Pakistan's soil would complicate the US government's ability to provide Pakistan with military and economic assistance without restrictive conditions. The secretary of state had however acknowledged Pakistan's contribution in fighting extremists but had said that LeT attack would disrupt these efforts.
Clinton also urged the government of Pakistan to swiftly implement sanctions against LeT and Jamatud Dawa "including by taking action against entities/individuals providing material support to the group (including any advertising or solicitation of funds for JUD)."
The full text of the cables can be read on Dawn.com, The Hindu and NDTV. WikiLeaks has previously released cables to other media organisations including Guardian and the New York Times.
Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.
For more information, please see our Comments FAQ