British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will make an unscheduled visit to New Delhi on Saturday in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, and amidst growing international concern over the situation in the subcontinent.
New Delhi has taken a tough stand following the 26/11 terrorist strikes, and has demanded that Islamabad take concrete steps or be ready to face the consequences.
Brown, a senior official told Hindustan Times, will be arriving in India early on Saturday.
“Brown will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over breakfast on Sunday,” a senior official said on anonymity. Brown is scheduled to head for Islamabad from Delhi after his breakfast meeting with the PM.
The Prime Minister, the official said, will explain New Delhi’s position and the fact that the Mumbai attack should not be viewed in the light of similar terrorist attacks in Guwahati, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi, among other cities.
Reminiscent of the situation after the December 2001 attack on Parliament, shuttle diplomacy to South Asia has begun in earnest with Brown’s visit coming nine days after that of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Britain said on Friday there was clear evidence that the Mumbai terror attacks have links to Pakistan-based outfits.
“We take the view that there is clear evidence that the attacks in Mumbai have links to organisations in Pakistan and we have been urging the government of Pakistan to take effective and appropriate measures to deal with this,” British High Commissioner to India Richard Stagg said in Chennai on Friday.
Delhi had earlier said there was enough evidence that established beyond doubt that those involved in the attack were Pakistani nationals belonging to the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba.