U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged Pakistan to follow
through on pledges to cooperate with India in the Mumbai terrorist
In televised interviews (with ABC's "This Week with George
Stephanopoulos" and "Fox News Sunday") Rice said
on Sunday that Pakistan has a responsibility to act even if the attacks were carried
out by what she called "non-state actors."
Rice met last week with
government officials in Pakistan and India in
attempts to reduce tensions following the siege, in which more than 170
people were killed.
In a separate televised interview (on NBC's "Meet
today, U.S. President-elect Barack Obama said every nation has the
right to defend itself. But he declined to say whether India should
strike at Pakistan in an effort to pursue militants accused of carrying
out the Mumbai attacks.
India blames a Pakistani-based militant group (Lashkar-e-Taiba) for the
In a related development, India's external affairs minister has denied
phoning Pakistan's president at the height of the terrorist siege, a
call that prompted Pakistan to put its air force on high alert.
External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjeeon Sunday said reports
of the phone call are an attempt to divert blame for the attacks.
Pakistani officials said President Asif Ali Zardari received a
"threatening" call from a purported Indian official during the crisis.
Pakistani media described the call as a hoax from someone pretending to