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Indian PM expresses concerns over Pakistan to US

Manmohan Singh and Barack Obama
The two leaders had a 50-minute-long meeting

Indian PM Manmohan Singh has expressed concerns about neighbouring Pakistan to US President Barack Obama ahead of a nuclear security summit in Washington.

Mr Singh told Mr Obama that Pakistan's government lacked the will to punish those responsible for the Mumbai attacks, Foreign Secretary N Rao said.

The November 2008 attacks left 174 people dead, including nine gunmen and soured ties between India and Pakistan.

Late last year, Pakistan charged seven people in connection with the attacks.

They include the suspected mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who is alleged to head the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

In his 50-minute meeting with Mr Obama, Mr Singh spoke about the activities of Lashkar-e-Taiba and "also the fact that unfortunately there was no will on the part of the government of Pakistan to punish those responsible for the terrorist crimes in Mumbai," Ms Rao told reporters.

'State elements'

India put peace talks on hold after the attacks, blaming them on Pakistan-based militants. Pakistan admitted they had been partly planned on its soil.

India has also suggested what it calls "state elements" were involved. Both Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba have denied any involvement.

In February, the two sides held their first formal talks since the 2008 attacks and agreed to "remain in touch".

Mr Singh and Mr Obama also discussed nuclear security and non-proliferation, Afghanistan, food security and reduction of poverty, reports said.

Mr Obama also met Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Mr Gilani "indicated his assurance that Pakistan takes nuclear security seriously and has appropriate safeguards in place," the White House said in a statement.

Leaders from 40 states are attending the meeting in Washington which is expected to focus on how to secure nuclear material.



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