The United States has toldit expects nothing short of complete cooperation in investigations into the terrorist rampage in nuclear rival India. Pakistan’s response will be a test of the will of the new civilian government, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice listens to a question during a news conference. President George W. Bush on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 dispatched Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to New Delhi in support of India following the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 200 people, including six Americans.(AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas/file)
“What we are emphasizing to the Pakistani government is the need to follow the evidence wherever it leads,” Rice said. “I don’t want to jump to any conclusions myself on this, but I do think that this is a time for complete, absolute, total transparency and cooperation and that’s what we expect.”
At President George W. Bush’s direction, Rice is cutting short a European trip to visit India later this week. Attacks spanning three days killed more than 170 people in the Indian commercial capital Mumbai, including six Americans.
pointed fingers at “elements in Pakistan” although it is not yet clear where the well-planned operation originated.