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Most terrorist plots in Britain have Al-Qaeda links: Brown

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 14, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 14, 2008 | Last Updated: 13 years ago

ISLAMABAD: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown during his joint press conference with President Asif Ali Zardari has said that his country would provide technical and financial assistance to effectively counter terrorism and radicalization. He said Pakistan has reiterated its cooperation in the investigation of Mumbai attacks.

Brown said terrorism is a global problem and needs to be dealt with concerted efforts. He said Britain would enhance its cooperation with Pakistan so that it could effectively deal with the menace of growing radicalization and terrorism.

President Zardari highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to ease tension with India and said India has not shared any evidence with Pakistan as regards Mumbai attacks. He said Pakistan and Britain are enjoying close and cordial relations which would be further enhanced in various fields.

Zardari said Pakistan wants peace in South Asia and rejects terrorism and extremism in all forms and manifestations.

“We ourselves are victims of terrorism and feel the pain of the people of Mumbai,” President Zardari said.

He said the joint investigation was an opportunity for Pakistan to cooperate with India and build up their ties.

Brown also offered Britain helping in investigating the Mumbai attacker.

Zardari said India has yet to complete its investigation and provide evidence to Pakistan so that it may conduct its own inquiry.

He assured that if there was any evidence that any culprits of the Mumbai attack were in Pakistan, action would be taken against them.

Zardari recalled that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister had already inked an agreement with India for cooperation against terrorism.

Brown offered six million Pound Sterling assistance to combat radicalisation. He also said, further funds would be made available for better equipment and training of bomb disposal squads, airport security, counter-terrorism measures and improvement of police and forensics capabilities.

There should be a better mechanism and dialogue between Pakistan and India to remove misunderstandings, the British PM said.

He also proposed a new Pakistan-United Kingdom pact for cooperation against terrorism.

“It is now time for action, not words,” Gordon Brown said, and added, that the two countries will continue to cooperate in a comprehensive counter-terrorism programme.

Brown said Britain had deep interest in helping Pakistan against terrorism as three-quarters of the most serious terrorist plots investigated by the British authorities have links to Al-Qaeda.

To a question Gordon Brown said he has asked both Manmohan Singh and Zardari to let the British police question the lone gunman of the Mumbai attacks, and the people arrested in Pakistan, since three of its citizens were also killed.

Zardari in his opening remarks said the friendship between Pakistan and United Kingdom was deep rooted and based on shared values. He also welcomed UK’s contribution to promoting democracy and rule of law in Pakistan.

Zardari said Pakistan desires best of relations with India. He said in the wake of Mumbai attacks, Pakistan signalled its desire to cooperate with India.

He said Pakistan also desires good relations with Afghanistan and was closely associated with it on issues of security and stability besides having a partnership on development.

He said Pakistan also attaches greater importance to its ties with the Commonwealth and the European Union and expressed its desire for greater market access for its goods to the E.U.

To a question about the incursion by Indian Air Force (IAF), President Zardari said it was a technical incursion and the director generals of military operations of both countries were in contact with each other.

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