Gurgaon: Noting that Pakistan houses a “syndicate of terrorism,” US secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Sunday said her country is watching the actions being taken by Islamabad against the scourge and expected that perpetrators of Mumbai attacks meet their “day of reckoning.”
She emphasized that terrorism is a threat to all, including those who have given haven to such elements, and every country should stand up to defeat the menace.
“We are certainly watching and expecting that there will be justice and those who launched the horrific attacks in Mumbai will meet their day of reckoning,” she said at an interaction with press here.
Clinton, who will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and hold talks with external affairs minister S M Krishna on Monday, said she realizes that the “syndicate” of terrorism involving Al-Qaida, Taliban and other outfits in Pakistan is “troubling” India, besides the US.
“I have also sent messages very directly to the Pakistani people that this (fight against terrorism) is in the interest of Pakistan, the future stability and security of Pakistan,” said the secretary of state, who is on a five-day visit to India.
She said the US had “seen an evolving commitment, not only by Pakistani government but also Pakistani people and a recognition that terrorism within a country is a threat to that country.”
In the last six months, “We believe there is a commitment to fight terrorism that permeates the entire government (of Pakistan). That is what our expectation is as well,” Clinton said.
She said the US is talking to Pakistan at all levels - government, military, civilian and intelligence - on the issue of fight against terror. “We are watching it and we hope they will make progress against what is a syndicate of terrorism - Al-Qaida, Taliban and many other terror organizations are connected in a way that is deeply troubling to us, and I know to India, but it is also now troubling Pakistan,” she said.
Emphasizing that nobody is safe anywhere from terrorism, she said every country has a responsibility to “stand up against the scourge. This is not limited to any one country.”
She said, “It is an expectation that we have from every nation because we think networking of terrorists across the globe, as we saw in Jakarta, is a threat to all people, particularly in democracies such as the US, India, Indonesia who are targeted by terrorists for very fact that we are living free and independent lives in sovereign, stable nations.”
Clinton said the US is “working to make sure every country sees terrorism as we do because we happen to believe that terrorism is a threat to all, everywhere and there is nowhere to get safe havens for terrorists without putting ourselves at risk.”
“We expect every nation to take action against terrorism. We are watching and expecting that this will occur,” Clinton said.
She said the US is increasingly coordinating with India about sharing information, looking for effective ways to protect the people.
Clinton made it clear that the US would be working “very hard against the threat of terrorism and we hope that we live long enough to see that happy day come for India and the US.”
She said the US has made it clear to every nation that the fight against terrorism was the responsibility not only of India, the US or Europe but that of everyone.
“Are we satisfied with the response we get? Of course, not. But that doesn’t mean that we are going to stop trying,” the secretary of state emphasized.
She said no country is more committed than the US to end the scourge of terrorism. “We have sent our young men and women in military to die in our struggle against terrorists who attacked us and we expect every country to stand up against terrorism.”