MUMBAI (AFP/Reuters) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Saturday for a global fight against terrorism after paying tribute to victims of last years deadly Mumbai attacks, as she began a visit to India. Hillary, on her first trip to India as Washingtons top diplomat, linked the attacks which left 166 people dead to those in the US on September 11, 2001 and Fridays deadly hotel bombings in Jakarta. These events are seared in our collective memory, she told a news conference at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, where she is staying and where 31 guests and staff lost their lives during the siege. Yesterdays bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia, provide a painful reminder that the threat of such violent extremism is still very real. Its global, ruthless, its nihilistic and it must be stopped. The US will work with the Indian government, the Indonesian government and other nations and peoples to seek peace and security and confront and defeat these violent extremists. Hillary told Indias Times Now television that she chose the Taj to send a message of solidarity with the hotel employees and the people of Mumbai. It was also a rebuke to the terrorists who may have tragically taken lives but did not destroy the spirit (and) resilience of the people of this city or nation, she told her interviewer. In a private meeting, Hillary earlier met 13 members of staff from the Taj and the nearby Trident-Oberoi hotels, including Taj general manager Karambir Kang, whose wife and two sons died in the tragedy. Both our people have experienced the senseless and searing effects of violent extremism, she wrote in a condolence book. Now it is up to all nations and people who seek peace and progress to work together. Let us rid the world of hatred and extremism that produces such nihilistic violence. Our future deserves no less. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Egypt this week, agreeing to cooperate to fight extremism. But he was quickly accused back home of making too many concessions to Pakistan, which is charged with harbouring extremists who allegedly trained, equipped and financed the Mumbai gunmen. Hillary Clinton denied President Barack Obamas administration was pressuring India into seeking peace with Pakistan so Islamabad could focus entirely on defeating the raging insurgency on its border with Afghanistan - a US priority. The US... is very supportive of steps that the governments take but we are not in any way involved in or promoting any particular position, she told the news conference. While saying it was up to Pakistan and India how to proceed in their talks, she said Pakistan had begun to show much greater determination to take on the terrorists, apparently referring to its military campaign against Taliban insurgents. It is to early to tell the outcome of this commitment, she said, but hinted she expected Pakistani action to go after people associated with the Mumbai attacks. In the next few days, there will be a greater awareness of whether or not there will be a commitment to bring the Mumbai terrorists to heel and hopefully to justice, she added. The US secretary of state also met some of Indias business titans, including Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata. She said she was optimistic that the two sides would be able to conclude a defence pact allowing Washington to monitor whether US arms sold are used for their intended purposes and to ensure the technology does not spread to other countries. Monitoring Desk adds: Hillary Clinton said trial for the perpetrators of last years Mumbai attacks in Pakistan is a must and that US will not mediate in the Kashmir issue. Of course I am concerned that there is no trial and no justice. I do have some understanding that there are difficulties. What I am looking for is commitment and the timing but there must be an eventual reckoning of justice, Hillary told the Times Now TV, an Indian television channel, responding to a question whether she was concerned that trial of 26/11 masterminds has not really started in Pakistan despite the fact they have been chargesheeted and the real action has not happened. The people behind Mumbai attacks must be tried, she continued. I believe that there should be justice. There should be fair trail and a thorough analysis of what happened and who was behind it, she said. I think the countries are now understanding that terrorism anywhere is a threat everywhere. I hope that we will eventually see full cooperation from every government against the non-state actors who train and equip terrorists. She hoped that there should be a joint effort, sharing of intelligence, sharing of counter-terrorism techniques, sharing of law enforcements against threat of terrorism because every country is facing this menace. When asked whether should would advice the government of Pakistan to act against groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad which do not just target India, they target the whole world, Hillary replied, We have a dialogue with Pakistan for the last six months and we are very clear that the Pakistan should go after all the terrorist groups if for no other reason, but any one of them is a threat to Pakistan. Even if once they were focused elsewhere, now they are part of a criminal syndicate, and every one of them must be a target of intense law enforcement and justice effort, she added. Asked whether she sees Indias role as a major regional power, she replied, I consider India not just as a regional but a global power, because I think India has tremendous opportunities to work to resolve problems regionally and to work with other nations including US. How India decides to do that is up to India, she added. To yet another question, Hillary said, For the last six months we have seen change in the attitude in Pakistan. The Armys efforts in Swat and elsewhere have recently begun, but they have been judged by our military leaders. So I think that there is an attitude within Pakistan today not just at the governmental level but within the society, that the terrorists are posing a threat to them. When asked during talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Egypt on Thursday, Indian Premier Manmohan Singh agreed to de-link composite dialogue from action against terrorism and hold talks with Pakistan on all outstanding issues and whether she also believes that these issues should be de-linked, Absolutely I think that it should be expected. Asked whether she sees direct United States role in Kashmir issue, US Secretary of State Hillary said, The decision has to be between India and Pakistan after taking into account the Kashmiri people. So, our goal is not to be involved other than to support the talks, she added. To a query, she said the nuclear deal with India was not conditional, adding, The civil nuclear deal stands on its own merits. There provisions within it. She said the nuke deal India is not held hostage to the CTBT.