Pakistan extends crackdown on Mumbai terror suspects

Pakistan widened its sweep against the militant group blamed for the Mumbai attacks by shuttering more of its offices and detaining another 20 people, officials said Tuesday, though ruled out extraditing any of them to India. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, under intense US pressure to move against Islamic extremists operating from Pakistani territory, said the raids showed his resolve against terrorism. But New Delhi maintained a skeptical silence about the reported crackdown and arrest of an alleged mastermind of the Mumbai assault - which left 171 dead, pushed the nuclear-armed rivals toward war and eroded US hopes for a regional push against al-Qaida. A senior Pakistani security official said Tuesday that troops had raided at least five more offices of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan's portion of disputed Kashmir.