Washington wants Islamabad to stop discriminating between terrorists and go after all of them besides ensuring accountability and justice in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
“We want to see full accountability for these terrible attacks. We’re working with Pakistan, we’re making our concerns clear that they need to go after all the terrorist groups that are operating or seeking safe haven on their soil. We’ve seen progress, but we need to see more,” US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner said.
He, however, said that the stage for sanctions against Pakistan has not yet arrived.
It should be noted here that former US ambassador to the UN and Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad recently said that Washington should consider issuing sanctions on Pakistan.
Pakistan has done almost nothing to bring to justice the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed. Though India has provided evidence to nail him, Pakistan claims that those are not sufficient.
Saeed and his group are listed in terror lists of the UN, but despite this he continues to roam freely in Pakistan and is also able to influence the government.
JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed at a rally in Islamabad.
“We’ve been very clear that we want to see accountability and justice in the case of the Mumbai attacks, and as you noted, there were American citizens who lost their lives in that – those terrible attacks,” Toner added. Toner said that US is continuing to hold conversations with the highest level of the Government of Pakistan. “Pakistan must target all militant groups, including those that target Pakistan’s neighbors, and eliminate all safe havens,” he reasserted. Toner also said that US wants sharing of intelligence between India and Pakistan in matters of counterterrorism.