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Dec 08, 2008 at 01:49am IST

US ties with Pak hinge on response to 26/11

Washington: The United States on Sunday denied that it had set a 48-hour deadline to Pakistan to act against Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), but said Washington's relationship with Islamabad hinged on its response to the Mumbai terror attack.

Refuting reports that a deadline was set by India and the US, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said no such time frame was fixed.

"No," Rice said when asked on Fox News Sunday if such a deadline was issued to Islamabad.

ON YOUR OWN: US state secretary Condoleezza Rice has denied setting up a deadline for Pak to crack down on LeT.

"There is no time table involved here. Obviously this is counter-terrorism at work and it is hard word... The leaders in Pakistan were very clear with me that they understand the responsibilities and now we are waiting. We expect things to happen," Rice said on the talk show.

Asking Pakistan to extend "full and complete cooperation" into the probe of the carnage, that also killed six Americans, Rice said it was a matter of "our relationship". "I have made very clear — Americans also died in the attack — that the United States expects the full and complete cooperation of Pakistan and Pakistani action. And yes, it is a matter for our relationship. It is a very serious matter that Americans were killed in the attack as well," Rice said.

"I made it very clear to the Pakistanis that when something like this happens, the United States expects Pakistan to act," Rice said.

The Washington Post had on Saturday said that Pakistan has agreed to a 48-hour timetable set by India and the US to formulate a plan to take action against Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and to arrest at least three Pakistanis who Indian authorities say are linked to the multiple attacks in Mumbai.

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