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LeT behind Mumbai attacks: British PM

International pressure on Pakistan increased further today with British PM Gordon Brown asserting that the outrageous attacks in Mumbai were carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba and made it clear that Islamabad will have a "great deal to answer for".

india Updated: Dec 14, 2008 15:58 IST

International pressure on Pakistan increased further today with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown asserting that the outrageous attacks in Mumbai were carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba and made it clear that Islamabad will have a "great deal to answer for".

<b1>Brown, who made an unscheduled visit here in the wake of rising tensions between India and Pakistan over the Mumbai strikes, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said he would convey New Delhi's concerns to President Asif Ali Zardari.

Hinting at building pressure on Pakistan, the British Prime Minister told a select group of journalists here that the world community should come together to ensure that there were "no safe havens for terrorists" and "no safe place for those who finance terrorist activities".

Brown held talks with Singh during which the Indian side shared details of the Mumbai carnage and its links in Pakistan.

When asked what Singh told him about the attacks which were "conducted" from Pakistan, Brown said "Indian police is interviewing people. We also know there have been arrests in Pakistan. We also know that the group responsible is LeT and they (Pakistan) have a great deal to answer for."https://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/2008/12/pm.jpg

His assertion assumes significance as Pakistan has been in a denial mode on involvement of Laskhar-e-Taiba or its frontal organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa in the Mumbai attacks and has been asking for evidence in this connection.

Brown, who came here to demonstrate solidarity with India in the wake of Mumbai attacks, said he would convey the views of Singh and "concerns" of the Indian people to the Pakistan President when he meets him during a visit there.

The Indian side is understood to have apprised the British Prime Minister about how 10 terrorists were sent from Karachi to carry out well-planned and synchronised attacks in Mumbai and how the assailants were being guided by their "controllers" in Pakistan even during their three-day engagement with security forces.

"I am travelling to Pakistan and will meet President Zardari. I will explain the concerns that the Indian people have about what has happened and about issues related to Pakistan," he said shortly before leaving for Islamabad.

"I hope the world can see how it can work together to combat terrorists," Brown said, adding he had told Singh that Britain would give every possible help and the two countries would work together in tackling terrorism and issues relating to security.

"We will work together to build international support to tackle terrorism and roots of terrorism in this world," said the British leader who had a breakfast meeting with Singh which was also attended by Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon.

Underlining that "no country should have to go through what India has had to as a result of the Mumbai outrages," Brown said he had told Singh that "we have got to attack financial terrorism, that is where terrorism is given funds and given safe havens through funds.

"We have got to continue to expose the perverse and unacceptable messages that are sent out by extreme terrorist groups who are perversionists and misuse religion."

Noting that arrests have been made in Pakistan, the British Prime Minister said "the important thing to recognise is that President Zardari has made it clear that he wishes to do all he can to counter terrorism and work with India to do so."

Brown, who had earlier talked to Singh over phone and sent a message to him over the attacks, said he wanted to come to India to "first hand give my condolences to the Prime Minister and the Indian people at the terrible terrorist outrage in Mumbai which has shocked the whole world."

He said he had told Singh that India will get support of many members of the international community in counter terrorism measures that can be taken together.

"It important to recognise, wherever there is terrorism it has to be fought, wherever there is terrorism it affects stability and cohesion of that countries and that is why we are so determined to fight," the British leader said.

"The whole world will have to come together and ensure there were no safe havens for terrorists, no safe place for those who finance terrorist activities," he said, adding his determination to work with India and other countries in the fight against terrorism is "enhanced by the awful events of Mumbai".

He said "no country should have to suffer tragedies that have afflicted India" and appreciated the "courage", "resilience" and "determination" of India to get on with life while making efforts to root out terrorism.

"I support what Prime Minister Singh is trying to achieve," he said while promising to work with India in fight against terror.

"We have seen India deciding with great resolve to continue with normal work and activities and to show the terrorists they will not be able to succeed in destroying Indian society, or civilised society anywhere," Brown said.

Talking about dangers of terrorism, he referred to the "consequences" of the menace in Afghanistan where he visited yesterday.

"We ourselves in Britain have not only suffered the loss through Mumbai (attacks) of three British citizens but at the same time we have had to face terrorist attacks ourselves," he said.

Singh and the British leader also discussed the international financial crisis and the status of negotiations in the ongoing Doha round of trade talks.

First Published: Dec 14, 2008 09:36 IST