Wednesday, 4 May 2011

US says Pak needs to do more about LeT, Hafiz Saeed: Roemer

US says Pak needs to do more about LeT, Hafiz Saeed: Roemer
PTI | May 4, 2011, 03.05pm IST

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Tags:Timothy J Roemer|Osama Bin Laden Dead|LeT|Hafiz Saeed

NEW DELHI: Terming as a "matter of concern" the fact that Osama bin Laden was found near Islamabad, the US on Wednesday said it would like to go to the bottom of this issue and also ensure that the aid given to Pakistan is used to target Lashker-e-Taiba along with al-Qaida.

Timothy J Roemer, US ambassador to India, said the American Congress would be taking a "very hard look" and ask "tough" questions as to how terror mastermind and al-Qaida leader bin Laden was living in Abottabad, north of Islamabad.

"We are certainly going to see the Capitol Hill (US Congress) take a very hard look at the assistance that we give and we invest in security for Pakistan," Roemer told reporters here.

Noting that the Congress was going to engage in two very fundamentally important task in the weeks ahead, he said the US lawmakers will look into the selling of military equipment to Pakistan and the presence of bin Laden in Abottabad.

"One will be as we share or sell certain military equipment to Pakistan. Is that being used in the proper way to take on counter terrorism efforts. We have seen over the past 18 months, Pakistan has stepped up those efforts to target al-Qaida leadership and degrade that leadership. That is a positive outcome," he said.

However, he said, "Are they doing enough on LeT? Are they doing enough on Mumbai trials? Are they doing enough on Hafiz Saeed and (Zaki-ur-Rehman) Lakhvi? No, they need to do more."

He said the other question that will be raised by the US Congress will be with respect to bin Laden being discovered outside of Islamabad. "We remember Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was discovered inside Rawalpindi back in 2003.

"This is a concern. Congress will ask tough questions and we want to get to the bottom of it. How do we more effectively use that aid to make sure that Pakistan is helping us not only degrade al-Qaida but go after groups like LeT," he said.

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