Mumbai attack justice high priority for Obama: US ambassador

Mumbai attack justice high priority for Obama: US ambassador
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First Published: Wed, Aug 12 2009. 06 33 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Aug 12 2009. 06 33 PM IST
New Delhi: Ensuring justice in last November’s Mumbai attack is a “high priority” for President Obama and the US will keep pressing Pakistan for action against its planners, the new US ambassador to India Timothy Roemer, said on Wednesday.
The comments by Roemer are the strongest remarks from the US in recent months as India complains of Pakistan’s slow progress in punishing those behind the attack.
India blames Pakistan-based militants for the raid that killed 166 people and renewed tensions between the nuclear-armed South Asian rivals.
New Delhi said it was halting a 2004 peace process until Pakistan closed down “terrorist networks” on its soil.
“The Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba... we have a common enemy with India. And we are pressing Pakistan hard on the Mumbai suspects,” said Roemer, who served on the commission to investigate the 11 September attacks on the World Trade Towers.
“So this is a high priority for the President (Obama) and a high priority for the government to work with India on these efforts and to bring the perpetrators of this brutal attack, this blood-thirsty attack on Mumbai to justice.”
Asked if India’s evidence against terrorist Hafiz Saeed was credible, Roemer said he had told his government about the need to bring all the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to justice.
“Wherever they are I have communicated to my government several times, that the people held in Pakistan for Mumbai attacks need to be brought to justice and that includes everybody mentioned,” he said.
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First Published: Wed, Aug 12 2009. 06 33 PM IST