The United States is actively considering internationally supported punitive strikes by India against terrorist camps in Pakistan. Security experts in US prefer to expand the scope of punitive strikes to an international level to avoid making it an India-Pakistan issue, particularly since the death toll included citizens of 10 countries.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, now in Pakistan, told president Zardari that if Pakistan did not take action to dismantle the terror training camps, then India backed by international support would be free to strike at terror camps based in Pakistan.
Rice emphasized that Pakistan has a special responsibility and needs to act urgently to stop terror emanating from Pakistan. Meanwhile, India has indicated it will wait for a Pakistani response to its demands before any punitive action.