WASHINGTON - The United States played no role in the setting up of President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to India on Sunday, a State Department has said, while welcoming the trip as ‘very constructive’.‘No role’, Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said as he faced a series of questions about the timing of the announcement of American $10 million bounty on the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. He said there no link between the cash award move and the Pakistani leader’s trip to neighbouring India for religious purposes.‘To us, it’s a win-win situation when Pakistan and India are engaging in dialogue, are talking to each other, and are building better cooperation’, Toner said.The President will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for lunch before visiting the shrine of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer city.This will be the first visit to India by a Pakistani Head of State for seven years. The visit comes as tensions ease between the nuclear-armed neighbours amid efforts to improve mutual trade over the last few months.The spokesman termed Zardari’s visit to India as ‘very constructive and we are all for it’.But diplomatic observers said dialogue between India and Pakistan was being strongly encouraged by the United States in particular, as it is keen to promote regional stability ahead of the withdrawal of US-led forces in Afghanistan.Toner hoped the bounty announcement will not impact on President Zardari’s visit. ‘What we’re looking for is evidence that could be used to prosecute him in a court of law, in Pakistan or elsewhere’, he said. ‘US award for the Hafiz Saeed is very real’, he said,adding, ‘If anybody knows or can produce evidence that ties him to the Mumbai bombings and other terrorist acts that they step forward’.Repeatedly asked whether the announcement ahead of Zardari’s visit to India would have an adverse effect on India-Pakistan relations, Toner said that the US Rewards for Justice Programme was a separate process taking place in US diplomatic security channels.‘So there is no relations here’, he said.‘We certainly don’t want it to impact on his visit to India. We think his visit to India actually is very constructive, and we’re all for it’, he added.Asked if the US was trying to create a split in Saeed’s organisation by asking someone to come forward, Toner listing a string of terrorist attacks said: ‘They are obviously an active terrorist organisation but ‘we’re not playing some sort of strategic game here; we’re just trying to prosecute this individual’.The United States was also having ‘very close contact with the Indian government on this issue.’Denying that the move was aimed to pressure Pakistan to reopen NATO supply routes to Afghanistan, he said: There’s no connection here whatsoever. We’re trying to give the Pakistani authorities the information, the evidence that they can use to prosecute this individual’.