US bats for Islamabad’s sincerity

Washington, December 18:

The US says Pakistan has given it a “very solemn commitment” to disentangle the connection between a Pakistani charitable organisation and a terrorist group accused of mounting the Mumbai terror attacks.

“I think the Pakistani government is being very sincere,” State Department spokesman Robert Wood said yesterday when asked about concern in India that Islamabad is not taking enough action against Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a front of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

Last week, at the request of India and the US, the UN Security Council had slapped sanctions on JuD and four of its leaders for their alleged involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks. “Look, they’re (Pakistan) on the front lines of terrorism, as we’ve said many times before. “This is something that they’re going to have to disentangle,” added Wood.