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December 21, 2001
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Pak says it will act against extremist groups: US

T V Parasuram in Washington

United States State Department spokesman Richard Boucher on Thursday noted that 'Pakistani officials have made clear and continue to assure us they will move against extremist groups, including those India claims are responsible for the December 13 attack against the Indian Parliament, if they get any evidence of their culpability'.

"So any evidence India can provide Pakistan or otherwise to establish its case will be useful in helping them to do that." Boucher said.

He said the US thinks it is important for India and Pakistan each to take steps against terrorism, 'and Pakistani authorities have made clear their commitment to move against groups that might be carrying out terrorism'.

"Don't get me involved," said Boucher at one point when a correspondent pressed him on the briefing by the Indian external affairs ministry spokeswoman, who stated that India would share the information obtained by its investigation only with allies and friends, but not with Pakistan.

"The Indian government," said Boucher, "is conducting a thorough investigation."

"Any information they can provide gives a better basis for us to understand what happened and try to move forward against terrorism," he said.

To a questioner who said India has said it will not provide the information to Pakistan, but will provide it to friends and allies, Boucher replied that any information India can provide in whatever form and to whatever party will be useful in helping Pakistan to move against terrorist groups.

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