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Rice demands 'robust' cooperation from Pakistan in Mumbai probe

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Arriving in Islamabad on Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice demanded that the Pakistani government provide "robust" and "effective" cooperation to India in investigating last week's attacks in Mumbai. In talks with the Pakistani leadership, Ms. Rice stated that enough evidence was now available pointing to the involvement of a Pakistan-based extremist group in last week's attacks. Meanwhile, airports in India remained on high alert owing to the threat of further militant strikes.

According to The Guardian, Rice flew to Islamabad after her trip to New Delhi to help diffuse tensions between long-time rivals India and Pakistan.

During her brief visit, Rice first met the head of Pakistan's powerful army, General Ashfaq Kayani, before holding talks with [President Asif Ali] Zardari and the prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, who lead an eight-month-old civilian government.
Her main task is to somehow prevent growing anger in India and reciprocal resentment in Pakistan spilling over into border tensions, or worse, between the nuclear-armed neighbours, who have already fought three wars since independence.

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