Refused to hand over David Headley to India or grant him death, yet US says justice for 26/11 a priority

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India had pressed for extradition of Headley but that too was ruled out after the LeT operative agreed to cooperate with the US agencies.

Clinton said Headley had undergone an intensive amount of investigation and interrogation by both Indian as well as American authorities.

She also reminded Pakistan of the need to take action against militants operating from its soil.

"We were successful in capturing and eliminating a number of the most dangerous terrorists who have safe haven inside Pakistan. We have continued to press the Pakistani government because of course, the terrorists inside Pakistan are first and foremost an ongoing threat to the stability of Pakistan, and they need to deal with it because of that as well as the implications for India, Afghanistan, the United States and elsewhere," she said.

She also commended efforts by the Indian and Pakistani leadership in restoring bilateral ties, and said this will help create a better environment of cooperation.

"I also think that the efforts that both Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh and President (Asif Ali) Zardari in Pakistan have made to improve communication, business, trade, commerce between India and Pakistan helps to create a more receptive environment for dealing with these serious threats," she said.

"So of course I'm not satisfied. I believe going after terrorism is an obligation of every country everywhere, every sensible person. We can have disagreements, but they cannot be in any way using violence or condoning the use of violence," Clinton said.

"We are not giving up. We are on this job literally every single day. We have improved our information-sharing, our law enforcement cooperation with India. I think that will pay dividends in years to come," said Clinton, who is making way for John Kerry.

The interaction included questions from a select six prominent news channels from across the world. This was Clinton's 59th town hall, three of which were held in India.

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