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During talks with the Pakistani leadership, Rice insisted that Pakistan promptly and responsibly follow up on allegations that the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks had links to a Pakistan-based group, reports The Hindu.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who flew in on Thursday morning from New Delhi and held talks with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, said Pakistan must provide "robust" and "effective" cooperation to India in bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror strikes to justice.
"We talked at length about the importance of Pakistan taking its responsibility to deal with those who may use Pakistan territory even if they are non-state actors," she said at a press conference here after her meetings with the Pakistani leadership.
"Pakistan needs to investigate the circumstances under which these attacks took place in Mumbai," said Rice who was provided evidence by India yesterday about involvement of Pakistan-based terrorists in last week's attacks.

The Pakistani prime minister responded positively to Rice's request for cooperation between the two countries to fight terror, reports the Associated Press.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told Rice later during a meeting in Islamabad that the Mumbai attacks were "beyond anyone's imagination" and stressed his government's efforts to boost relations with India since taking office in March.
"My instinct was to fight against terrorism," Gilani said.
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