Pakistan-UK terror links revealed

Three quarters of the most serious terror plots being investigated by UK 
authorities have links to Pakistan, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown revealed.

Mr Brown said a £6m partnership with Pakistan would be "the most comprehensive 
anti-terrorist programme" between the UK and another country.

He is in Pakistan meeting President Asif Ali Zardari, following talks with 
India's premier Manmohan Singh.

British police want to quiz a Pakistani suspect in the Mumbai terror attacks.

They also want to interview Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab - the sole gunman taken 
alive - about terror groups operating from Pakistan.

Mr Brown's series of meetings in the region come as Pakistan accused India of 
violating its airspace.

India has denied this but has announced a security overhaul. It blames 
Pakistan-based militants for the Mumbai attacks, which killed at least 170 
people, including one Briton.

Mr Brown said he had wanted to express his condolence for the Mumbai attacks at 
first hand.

'Work together'

He said the "terrible terror outrages" had shocked the whole world and the 
Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, thought to be responsible, 
had "a great deal to answer for".

He added: "No country should have to go through what India has had to go 
through as a result of the Mumbai outrages.

"I've said to Prime Minister Singh we will give every help that we can. We will 
work together in tackling terrorism. And we will work together on issue of 
security. We also know that there have been arrests in Pakistan.

"We also know that the group responsible is LeT and that they have a great deal 
to answer for."

India has urged Pakistan to take action over the recent attacks.

Pakistan denies any involvement, but has promised to co-operate with the Indian 

Mr Zardari has pledged to take "strong action" against terrorists, but has also 
called on India to share more information about the attacks.

Partnership plan

During a news conference in Islamabad with Mr Zardari, Mr Brown proposed the 
start of a new partnership with Pakistan to fight terrorism.

"The time has come for action and not words, and I want to help Pakistan and 
other countries root out terrorism," he said.

"In return for this action we will continue to expand our counter-terrorist 
assistance programme with Pakistan, and it will be more than ever, the most 
comprehensive anti-terrorist programme Britain has signed with any country."

Speaking during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday, Mr Brown said 
wherever there was terrorism, it had to be fought.

He described Pakistan's border region with the country, where he met troops 
fighting the Taleban, as one end of a "chain of terror" that could stretch to 
Britain if more was not done to tackle the threat of al-Qaeda.

The prime minister's visit to Afghanistan came a day after four Royal Marines 
were killed in two separate bomb attacks.

Mr Brown spoke of his "disgust and horror" at the willingness of the Taleban to 
use a 13-year-old child to deliver a bomb in a wheelbarrow to a Marine patrol, 
killing three men and the boy.

The PM is expected to update MPs on the security situation in Afghanistan in an 
oral statement to the House of Commons on Monday.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2008/12/14 10:03:09 GMT


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