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British PM pledges to help Pakistan fight terrorism

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British PM pledges to help Pakistan fight terrorism


Gordon Brown has pledged to help Pakistan fight terrorism with a seven-million euro package on a visit to Islamabad.

The British prime minister has directly blamed Pakistan-based militants for last month’s attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai which killed at least 170 people.

“I have told president Zardari that three quarters of the most serious terrorist plots have links to Al-Qaeda in Pakistan,” said Brown. “So our aim must be to work together to do everything in our power to cut off terrorism.”

Delhi, backed by Washington and now London, has called on Islamabad to crack down on militant groups based on its territory, whom they accuse of orchestrating the November attacks.

Before travelling to Pakistan, Brown was in India where he assured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of his support in tracking down the suspects

India plans a complete revamp of its security and intelligence services following the attacks.

It includes the acquisition of more than 100 extra patrolling vessels over the next three years to deploy along its coast, and the creation of an FBI-style investigative agency.

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