Britain unveils new strategy to tackle terrorism in Af-Pak
Britain has unveiled a new strategy to crackdown on the terror networks in the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan which are the 'crucible for global terrorism' and the breeding ground for international terrorists.world Updated: Apr 30, 2009 12:16 IST
Britain has unveiled a new strategy to crackdown on the terror networks in the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan which are the "crucible for global terrorism" and the breeding ground for international terrorists.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who visited Afghanistan and Pakistan this week, unveiled the new strategy on Wednesday night and said that his country will also increase its troops strength in Afghanistan.
Our priority is the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan which are the crucible for global terrorism; the breeding ground for International terrorists and the source of a chain of terror that links the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the streets of Britain," Brown said in the House of Commons.
Brown said Britain would provide 665 million pounds in assistance over the next four years to Pakistan, refocusing much of Britain's aid - including over 125 million pounds of education spending - on the border areas.
He revealed that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari would visit the UK next month to take forward "our shared efforts to tackle terrorism, support economic development and harness the international community's assistance for Pakistan.
"We will continue our discussions to agree a concordat to strengthen our practical cooperation to meeting all these challenges."