NEW YORK: " American intelligence agencies have determined that former officers from Pakistan's Army and its powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency helped train the Mumbai attackers, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed former Defence Department official. The official, who spoke to the newspaper on condition of anonymity, said that no specific links had been uncovered yet between the terrorists and the Pakistani government. His disclosure came as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held meetings with Indian leaders in New Delhi and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with their Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad, in a two-pronged effort to pressure Pakistan to cooperate fully in the effort to track down those responsible for the attacks in Mumbai last week. Meanwhile, the White House said it is working towards easing tensions between India and Pakistan, saying nobody was making a direct link of the attackers to the Pakistani state. "Secretary Rice today in the region said she would decline to comment before the investigation has some time to reach more conclusions. Some of the things we do know about individuals coming from Pakistan, are more well-known. But I don't think that anybody was making a direct link to state sponsor," White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said at the daily briefing. The spokeswoman was responding to a question if the United States saw "any linkage between the Pakistani government and the so-called terrorists" behind Mumbai crisis. The White House comments came as President Asif Ali Zardari told CNN that the Pakistani state was in no way linked to the Mumbai attacks and that no evidence had been brought forth to substantiate allegations of any Pakistani link to the event. He also pointed out that stateless actors were stirring up trouble throughout the region. President George Bush has sent two senior officials " Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Chairman Joint Chiefs Staff Admiral Mike Mullen " to the region both to reduce tensions between the nuclear armed South Asian neighbors and to express solidarity with the Indians over the tragedy, Perino said. "We are continuing to try to help them have open lines of communication. The Pakistanis have said to the Indians that they will cooperate and that they will participate in the investigation. We think that is positive. "One of the reasons the President (Bush) wanted Secretary Rice and Admiral (Mike) Mullen go to the region was, of course, to help reduce tensions, which is our goal." The United States, she said, has worked hard on relationships with both India and Pakistan."We've really worked hard on both relationships bilaterally and then multilaterally in the region to try to help everyone realize that the common enemy is terrorists, and it's an enemy not just for India, not just for Pakistan, not just for the United States but for all of civilization. And that is the message that we are taking. I expect when they are back they will be able to provide an update to the president." The spokeswoman recalled that "over the past seven years, if you remember in 2001 we had a similar situation, when India and Pakistan tensions had increased dramatically. "We had the composite dialogue, which we have tried to use to help the two countries to establish lines of communication which they have been using over the past week, which is something they did not have just a few years ago."