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Do more to root out terrorism : Brown

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has asked President Asif Ali Zardari to do more to root out terrorism emanating from Pakistan’s territory after police in the UK arrested a dozen al-Qaeda suspects, including 11 Pakistanis, over a “very big terrorist plot”.

world Updated: Apr 10, 2009 14:15 IST

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has asked President Asif Ali Zardari to do more to root out terrorism emanating from Pakistan’s territory after police in the UK arrested a dozen al-Qaeda suspects, including 11 Pakistanis, over a “very big terrorist plot”. “Prime Minister Brown telephoned President Zardari and the two leaders discussed matters relating to bilateral relations as well as the fight against terrorism,” Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said in Islamabad, without giving details.

However, Dawn newspaper reported that Brown raised concerns about links between terrorists in the UK and Pakistan and demanded “intensified efforts to crush militants.”

The telephonic conversation between Brown and Zardari follow resignation of the UK’s top counter-terrorism expert Bob Quick after a security blunder by the police officer, who inadvertently disclosed a covert surveillance operation against al-Qaeda suspects, forcing premature raids by police who arrested 12 suspects, including 11 Pakistanis.

Earlier, Brown said in the UK that there are “links between terrorists in Britain and terrorists in Pakistan. That is an important issue for us to follow through.” “One of the lessons we have learnt is that Pakistan has to do more to root out terrorist elements in its country as well,” Brown told Sky News.