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U.S. Increasing Pressure on Pakistan

Thursday, 13 September 2001 12:00 AM

Diplomatic sources told United Press International that the chief of Pakistan's military intelligence, Gen. Mahmood, met senior U.S. intelligence officials in Washington on Wednesday and discussed various options for trapping the culprits.

Mahmood, in Washington on an official visit, was scheduled to return home to Pakistan last Tuesday but postponed his flight after the attacks on New York and Washington.

The general heads Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence, an agency believed to have played a key role in forming the Taliban movement in 1994. Western intelligence officials say that the ISI has maintained close links with the Taliban leaders and can be very effective in apprehending alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Already suspected of orchestrating several attacks on U.S. installations around the world, bin Laden has also emerged as a prime suspect in Tuesday's barbaric attacks.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Colin Powell advised Pakistan to "fully cooperate" with U.S. efforts for bringing those responsible for the attacks to justice.

In a message to President Bush, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf assured him of Pakistan's "unstinted support in the fight against terrorism."

And on Thursday U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlin met Musharraf apparently to discuss what cooperation Washington expects from Islamabad.

Talking to journalists after the meeting, she described Musharraf's attitude as "positive and strong," adding, "He repeated several times that he was with us."

Powell, while evading a direct reply on a question whether clues lead to bin Laden as the man behind the attack, said, "We have not made a determination as to who is responsible for the attack.

"But we thought as we gather information and as we look at possible sources of the attack, it would be useful to point out to Pakistani leadership at every level that we are looking for and expecting their fullest cooperation and their help and support as we conduct this investigation."

Unconfirmed reports said that Chamberlin also handed over a message from Bush to Musharraf.

Pakistan Ambassador to U.S. Maleeha Lodhi had met Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage on Wednesday in Washington. Copyright 2001 by United Press International. All rights reserved

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