US official calls for joint action with India to fight terror
INDIA: A senior US State Department official called for joint
action against terrorism, including against groups based in Pakistan.
Richard Boucher, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and
Central Asia, arrived in India last week. He made the comments after
meetings with business leaders and government officials.
"The two sides discussed joint efforts to fight terrorism and felt
that terrorism should be fought in all places and all its forms,"
Boucher said after a three-hour meeting with government officials.
"We all know there is terrorism in the (South Asia) region. Some of
the terorism is in Pakistan. Some of the groups that have designs
against India still have pieces in Pakistan," he told reporters.
Indian police investigating deadly bombings on crowded commuter
trains in Mumbai on July 11 have said radical Islamic outfits with links
to Pakistan may have been responsible.
Police say the Students' Islamic Movement of India is suspected along
with militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba in the Mumbai bombings that killed
at least 183 people and injured nearly 900.
Lashkar, which is fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, has denied
involvement in the blasts.
New Delhi, Tuesday, AFP