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US envoy to Pakistan Anne Patterson had asked her government to talk India out of its plans to release information on investigation into Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, expressing concerns that it may lead to forestalling further Indo-Pak cooperation.

“We are concerned that the Indians’ premature public dissemination of this information will undermine essential law enforcement efforts and forestall further Indo-Pak cooperation. Our goal is not only to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice but also to begin a dialogue that will reduce tensions between India and Pakistan,” Patterson was quoted as saying in a diplomatic cable from Islamabad.

The cable, leaked by Wikileaks on Tuesday, was sent just two days ahead of the meeting the then Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon had with the US Ambassador David Mulford and fourteen other ambassadors on January 5, 2009, in which he had shared a dossier of evidence linking the Mumbai terrorist attacks to Pakistan.

“We believe it is premature for the Indians to be considering a broad dissemination of information on the attack until the investigation has been completed. In this regard, we note that the FBI has just presented a long list of information it is still seeking from the Indians to advance its own investigation.

 

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