Obama tells Pak to rein in Lashkar

Obama tells Pak to rein in Lashkar

Islamabad asked to act against 26/11 culprits

Obama tells Pak to rein in Lashkar

US president Barack Obama meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in advance of the Nuclear Security Summit, at Blair House in Washington, on Sunday. AP

Singh, who met Obama here on Sunday night, emphasised that Pakistan needed to take “convincing action” against those responsible for Mumbai attacks.

Meeting Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani a couple of hours after his discussions with Singh, Obama is believed to have asked him to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai terrorist attacks to justice, saying this action will be a positive thing in improving Indo-Pak ties.

Gilani replied in the affirmative when asked by reporters whether some action can be expected from Pakistan now that Obama is pressing it to bring those behind 26/11 to justice.

“Certainly, I am against terrorism and always of the opinion that those who are culprits should be brought to justice,” he said. Briefing reporters on the 50-minute meeting at the Blair House between the two leaders, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said Singh made it clear that “future of South Asia would be determined by the manner in which terrorism is tackled.”

The prime minister also voiced apprehensions about misuse of US military supplies to Pakistan, prompting Obama to assure him that India’s concerns in this regard would be kept in mind while dealing with the issue. Obama also said he favoured reduction of tensions between India and Pakistan.

The US President told Singh that Washington was “supportive” of India’s request for access to Mumbai attacks accused and Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Headley and it was “working through legal systems” on the matter.

Obama said the US understood India’s concerns with regard to activities of LeT and other terror groups from Pakistan and Afghanistan and that Washington was “engaging” Pakistan on these issues. While talking about the menace of terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Singh referred to Headley, activities of LeT and its chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed and al-Qaeda-linked HuJI leader Ilyas Kashmiri, Rao said.