December 15, 2008 in City

British leader promises help to Pakistan

By Candace Rondeaux Washington Post
 

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised Sunday to provide Pakistan with more information about Pakistani links to the Mumbai attacks late last month, saying that Britain would also work to enhance Pakistan’s counterterrorism capabilities.

Brown met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari here after meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. Brown’s trip was one in a recent series to Islamabad by Western officials aimed at reducing tensions between India and Pakistan after the attacks on India’s financial capital that killed more than 170 people. Brown, who also met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the weekend, said Britain would work with Pakistan’s civilian government to eliminate terrorist safe havens in the region.

“I hope to break the chain of terror that links the mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan to the streets of Britain and other countries around the world,” Brown said.

British authorities have long been concerned about possible links between extremists within its own sizable Pakistani population and terror groups based in Pakistan, including al-Qaida.

“Three-quarters of the most serious terrorist plots investigated by the British authorities have links to al-Qaida in Pakistan,” Brown said.

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