Washington: The United States has said it would like to see more exchange of information between India and Pakistan on investigations related to Mumbai attack.
“We would like to see more exchange of information about the Mumbai attacks, so that you can get to the bottom of exactly who was responsible, see the entire plot and hold all responsible for their actions,” state department spokesperson Sean McCormack told reporters on Wednesday.
McCormack said such cooperation is also needed to “make sure that in doing so you prevent any further plots from getting to point of execution”.
“We’ve seen some of that. We’d like to see more. I think Mr (Richard) Boucher (the assistant secretary of state for south and central Asia) put it, I think, very neatly in saying each side has pieces to the puzzle that the other doesn’t, so in order to complete the picture, here, they need to cooperate,” he said.
Responding to a question about reports coming from New Delhi in which Indian Army has confirmed that Pakistan had redeployed troops along the two country’s tense border, McCormack said the US is watching the situation very carefully and has been talking to both India and Pakistan in managing the tension.
“To this point, both sides have managed to do that successfully. Some of these troop movements notwithstanding, both on the Indian side as well as the Pakistani side, we have seen some of these deployments. But overall, relatively speaking, we have seen some cooperation between India and Pakistan,” McCormack said.
Asked about the inflaming tension between the two nuclear armed niegbours, he said: “Thus far, each side has managed the aftermath of Mumbai in such a way that the tensions haven’t escalated in a way that has been unhelpful to maintaining peace and stability.”