Washington: Confirming India’s stance on the slackness of Pakistan in curbing terrorists, former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said that the country was not doing enough to bring the perpetrators of the 26/11 attack to book

"I am the politician who went to Islamabad in January 2009 and said, without fear or favour, in respect to the Mumbai bombings, those people need to be put on trial; and if they are prosecuted, they need to be punished. And I still say publicly, not enough has been done to bring those trials to a conclusion,"Miliband said at the Council on Foreign Relations,
a Washington-based think tank.

 "On the one hand I say we should be engaging with Pakistan. On the other hand, I feel comfortable in speaking very plainly about the responsibilities that they have. It it's true that the LeT is developing global ambitions for its
terrorism and its own capacity to do so, as well as regional ones, we have to be even more insistent on the need to roll up that infrastructure," He said.

He also noted that the LeT, through its front organisation, provides a huge amount of welfare and other civil society outfits, but they move into the vacuum.

Miliband, who will be travelling to Pakistan next month, said the situation in the country is challenging.

 "On the one hand, a civilian government may well last its full term in Pakistan, and be succeeded by other civilian governments. That is not to be sneezed at. That is a significant thing," he said.

"Secondly, one of the things that former President Pervez Musharraf did was to open up the media. If you want to think about the flowering of civil society, the opening of the media, both in the blogosphere and in print, is serious and good."

Miliband said  about one of the most chilling things he has heard in and read over the last few months is the idea that the US has a choice about whether or not to break its links with Pakistan.

"Because if you think it's difficult, frustrating,  innovating, dangerous dealing with Pakistan at the moment as a partner, try fulfilling your own interests in South Asia without Pakistan as a partner," he said.

"I believe it's very important that Pakistan understands what is expected of it, its responsibilities, but also has its rights respected as well. It is easy to say that in theory, but actually it's meaningful in practice."

(Agencies)