Act 'decisively' against terrorists: Brown
In a stern message to Pakistan, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said the country's future depends on the action it took against terrorists based on its soil and asked Islamabad to break the "chain of terror" and act "rapidly and decisively" against terror networks. Specialworld Updated: Dec 16, 2008 11:19 IST
In a stern message to Pakistan, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said the country's future depends on the action it took against terrorists based on its soil and asked Islamabad to break the "chain of terror" and act "rapidly and decisively" against terror networks.
Brown, who made a statement in the House of Commons last night after returning from an unscheduled whirlwind tour of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, said Islamabad must ensure that those terrorists who operated from its soil to attack India are "properly rooted out" and their training camps closed down.
"We (Britain) have offered our support to the democratically elected Government in Pakistan but that Government must act rapidly and decisively against terror networks based on its soil," Brown said.
"Pakistan's own future depends on its actions against those within its borders who are bent on disruption of the elected government and Pakistan's relations with its neighbours."
Brown said he had asked Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to break the "chain of terror".
He said Britain will work with both India and Pakistan to continue to build counter-terrorism capabilities.
Brown, who offered Pakistan a USD 9 million pact to combat the menace on Sunday, said during his visit to Islamabad he was able to announce more help for bomb disposal capabilities, scanning devices, airport security, help to draw new laws and to set up counter-extremism centres.
"There is a chain of terror that links the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan right through the streets of the UK and other countries around the world and that chain of terror must be broken," the Prime Minister told the House of Commons.
Answering to points raised by Opposition leader David Cameron, the Prime Minister said: "As far as Pakistan is concerned, we have got to do with the existing problems in Pakistan and I support President Zardari in what he is doing and the Army Chief Gen Kiyani.
"I did talk to him (Kiyani) about his responsibilities and responsibilities of the Pakistani Army and the ISI to make sure that those terrorists who have operated from Pakistan to do damage in India are properly routed out, and their (terrorists') training camps closed down."
Brown said he believed that Gen Kiyani shares with Zardari that "these things must be done" so that Pakistan can show to the world that it is taking necessary action".
At the outset, Brown said Britain, America and the international community "increasingly" recognise that we can not deal with Afghanistan in isolation from Pakistan.
Referring to the terror attacks on Mumbai, Brown, who held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Sunday, said: "On 27th of November, the whole world learnt that terrorists based in Pakistan can strike anywhere.
"The murderous assault condemned by the whole world saw 12 terrorists kill 175 people in Mumbai including British Citizens. This weekend I met Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh and President Zardari to discuss actions that now has to be taken."
Brown said he expressed his condolences to Singh and through him to the Indian people and assured them that the "whole of Britain stands with India in its determination to see those responsible are brought to justice."
The Prime Minister also paid tributes to the efforts in Pakistan to deny the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) as a training ground to terrorists and for insurgency in Afghanistan.
"Over 100 Pakistani troops have died since July this year in that area. Plots hatched in FATA has a direct impact on the UK, of its Security Services. Three quarters of serious plots investigated in the UK were connected to Pakistan and ... Time has come not for words, but for action," the British Prime Minister said.
Noting that Britain's assistance to Pakistan is the most comprehensive it has with any country, Brown said: "We now include a programme, initially worth 6 million pounds to tackle the causes of radicalisation."
"No matter how serious the other tasks we face, Security is the first duty of the government. We will always maintain our vigilance against the evils of terrorism," Brown said.