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Milliband: Pakistan must confront Lashkar

Jan. 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM

NEW DELHI, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- British Foreign Secretary David Milliband says Pakistan must take on anti-India terrorists living within its borders "in a frontal and clear manner."

Milliband, speaking at a joint press conference in New Delhi Tuesday with Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, called on Pakistan to tackle the Laskhar-e-Toiba militant group, which Britain holds responsible for planning and carrying out November's terror attacks in Mumbai, the Indo-Asian News Service reported.

"(Laskhar-e-Toiba needs) to be taken on politically in a frontal and clear manner," Milliband said. "It's clear where the responsibility for the attack lies. Pakistan has a fundamental responsibility to tackle the roots of this problem."

Milliband, beginning a four-day visit to India Tuesday, also said he did not believe that any official Pakistani government agencies had a hand in the attacks as has been alleged by Indian officials, the news agency said.

When asked about Pakistan's refusal to hand over suspected attack planners, Mukherjee said, "Pakistan is obliged to implement all international commitments and resolutions against terrorism. Pakistan as a member of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) is required to implement the SAARC convention on terrorism."

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