Rice Makes Brief but Significant Stop in Pakistan

Dec 4, 2008 5:48pm

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and Kirit Radia Report: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a short visit to Pakistan today, but the gravity of her meetings outweighed the brevity of her stay.

Rice was there to pressure Pakistan to cooperate with rival India’s investigation into last week’s deadly terror attacks in Mumbai. Her visit came one day after Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Pakistani officials in Islamabad and after Rice met officials in New Delhi. Secretary Rice urged India to avoid a rash response to the massacre, such as military strikes in the area from which the attackers are believed to have come.

Administration officials say Rice was pleased with the outcome of her meetings, but cautioned that Pakistan must now turn its verbal commitments to fight terror into action. Rice pressed the Pakistanis to shut down terror training camps inside the country.

U.S. officials say Rice presented Pakistani officials with the latest U.S. intelligence as to the origin of last week’s attack. U.S. intelligence believes the attackers came from Pakistan, but has not yet concluded who was financing the operation, and  training and equipping  the assailants.

According to a senior administration official, there are indications the group had help from an outside group, like al Qaeda, but the U.S. has not yet found hard evidence.

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