| GEO Pakistan|
| India should provide Pak with credible evidence: Haqqani|
| Updated at: 2319 PST, Tuesday, December 30, 2008|
WASHINGTON: Pakistan has once again asked India to provide credible evidence for it to move against any suspects linked to Mumbai attacks, as its top diplomat in Washington stressed the need for cooler heads to prevail with recognition of the fact that both neighbors are victims of terrorism.
“If India does provide us evidence, Pakistan will be able to act on it much better, I think we need to go beyond the rhetoric phase now into action phase,” Ambassador Husain Haqqani told a US news channel.
Haqqani called for the two countries to cooperate towards curbing the menace.
The envoy cited Islamabad’s serious anti-terrorism actions since then and said its response to the Mumbai crisis has been very thoughtful and in cooperative spirit. He said the international community including the U.S. Britain, and even the India leaders have acknowledged that the Pakistani state and its government organizations had nothing to do with the Mumbai events.
Haqqani said the terrorists wanted to pit Pakistan and India against each other as well as target the Pakistani democracy.
Elaborating Pakistan’s anti-terrorism strategy, he underscored the importance of combining various elements into the overall plan, particularly the economic development. The problem could in no way be solved in the short-term but only through a long-term strategy, he stated.