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14  theSun | FRIDAY DECEMBER 5 2008

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Rice: Pakistan vows to hunt Mumbai

attack plotters by state agencies and vowed to
help the Indian investigation,
but it wants proof of Pakistani
In a delicate balancing
act, Rice met Indian leaders
more attacks.
“Pakistan, the Pakistani
leadership, understands the
importance of doing that,
particularly in rooting out
terrorism and rounding up
ISLAMABAD: US Secretary needed to get the perpetrators on Wednesday in New Delhi, whoever perpetrated this
of State Condoleezza Rice and prevent more attacks. where she called for restraint. attack,” she said.
(pix) said yesterday Pakistan But she played down fear of Rice said she had reasonable President Asif Ali Zardari,
had given assurances of a military response by India, and responsible discussions in who had been trying to push
its commitment to root out saying the global struggle both capitals. forward a peace process with
terrorism and round up anyone against terrorism needed The assault on India’s India, told Rice he had asked
connected to last week’s attack cooperation. commercial capital killed 171 India to see this as a chance
in the Indian city of Mumbai. India and US officials have people, including six Americans. towork together rather than be
Rice, on a trip aimed at blamed groups based on “This was a terrible attack. It at odds, saying: “I intend to do
curbing tension between Pakistani territory for the attack, was a sophisticed attack, a level everything in my power.”
nuclear-armed India and but no accusations have been of sophistication that we haven’t “The government will not
Pakistan, said the Mumbai levelled at the Pakistani state or seen here on the subcontinent only assist in investigations
attack showed a level of its agencies. before,” Rice told a news but also take strong action
sophistication unseen in the Pakistan has condemned the conference at a military airfield against any Pakistani elements
region and urgent action was assault, denied any involvement before departing. found involved in the attack,”
“That means that there is a statement quoted Zardari as
urgency to getting to the bottom saying.
of it. There is urgency to bringing “Pakistan is determined to
the perpetrators to justice and ensure that its territory is not
there is urgency to ... disrupt and used for any act of terrorism.”
prevent further attacks.” The prime suspect for the
Her talks in Islamabad Mumbai slaughter is Lashkar-
included the importance of e-Taiba, a jihadi group fighting
Pakistan dealing with anyone Indian rule in disputed Kashmir
who may use its territory for that also has Al Qaeda links, and
attacks, even if they were “non- which analysts say has had ties
state actors”, she said, adding with Pakistani intelligence in the
everyone wanted to prevent past. – Reuters

central Athens district of Kolonaki,

briefs causing a small fire to break out.
Two employees were in the offices
at the time and tried to put the fire
Moderate quake out until fire firefighters arrived at
the scene.
shakes Japan Groups of anarchists frequently
TOKYO: A moderate 6.1-magnitude carry out arson attacks in the Greek
earthquake shook northern Japan capital and in the northern port city
yesterday but there was no risk of of Thessaloniki against government
a tsunami, the Japan Meteorologi- offices, large businesses and embas-
cal Agency said, and no immediate sies. – dpa
reports of damage. The tremor struck
at 8.17am (7.17am in Malaysia), with Canada PM seeks to
the epicentre in the Pacific off Miyagi
prefecture, 350km from Tokyo, the suspend Parliament
agency said. It was 10km below OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister
sea level. Japan is hit by 20% of the Stephen Harper yesterday took
world’s powerful earthquakes. – AFP the unprecedented step of seek-
ing the suspension of Parliament
Newspaper steals so he can avoid being ousted by
the opposition next week.
Empire State Harper’s extreme gambit is
NEW YORK: City crime is one the latest development in a con-
thing, but a New York tabloid stitutional crisis that erupted last
upped the ante on Wednesday week after he tried to cut public
– stealing the entire Empire State financing for political parties, a
Building. move that would have hit the op-
The Daily News claimed it position parties particularly hard.
had pocketed the 102-storey Art Harper’s Conservatives won a
Deco icon by filing fraudulent strengthened minority in an Oct 14
documents with the city register election but now face a confidence
to expose New York’s dangerously vote in Parliament on Monday they
lax system for recording property. are likely to lose. The Liberals and
According to the News, the New Democrats have signed a deal
“heist” took just 90 minutes. to form a coalition government.
Then they returned the building Harper went to see Governor
to its real owners, Empire State General Michaelle Jean yesterday
Land Associates. The phoney and a spokesman for the premier
documents were made even said he would ask her to suspend
more laughable by appearing in Parliament. Any suspension would
the names of legendary bank most likely last until a federal
robber Willie Sutton and original budget set for Jan 27. – Reuters
King Kong movie star Fay Wray.
“The massive ripoff illustrates O.J. Simpson to be
a gaping loophole in the city’s
system for recording deeds, sentenced today
mortgages and other transac- LAS VEGAS: Former American
tions,” the News said. – AFP football legend O.J. Simpson could
be handed a tough jail term today
Anarchists target when he goes back to court for
sentencing after being convicted
AFP offices in Athens of armed robbery and kidnapping.
ATHENS: A group of self-styled an- Prosecutors have recommend-
archists fire-bombed the offices of ed 18-year sentences each for
Agence France Presse (AFP) in cen- Simpson, 61, and his co-accused
tral Athens on Wednesday, causing Clarence Stewart, 54, found guilty
damage but no injuries, local media in October of 12 charges relating
reports said. to an armed robbery of sports
Unknown individuals fire-bombed memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel.
the entrance of the office in the – AFP