Kolkata, May 7 (IBNS): U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday said Pakistan has not taken necessary action against suspected 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
Speaking at an interaction with students in the east Indian city of Kolkata, where she arrived on Sunday as part of her India visit, the American official said Pakistan has ignored repeated calls from the U.S. and India.
India has time and again called on Pakistan to bring Saeed to justice ever since Pakistani militants attacked India's financial capital Mumbai killing 166 people, including six Americans.
However Pakistan maintains that there is not enough evidence against Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group that had executed the November 2008 attack.
Washington has announced a reward of $10 million for information leading to Saeed's conviction, Clinton reiterated on Monday.
"We're well aware that there has not yet been the steps taken by the Pakistani government to do what both India and the United States have repeatedly requested them they do," Clinton said Monday.
"And we're going to keep pushing that point. So it's a way of raising the visibility and pointing out to those who are associated with him that there is a cost for that," she said.
The Secretary of State also added that U.S. government believed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is in hiding somewhere in Pakistan.
However, Clinton refused to comment when asked if the U.S. would consider another covert strike similar to one in which al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed.