London, Nov 7: The British government is keen to see a strong democracy in Pakistan, and it fully supports the newly elected democratic government in the country, said Foreign and Commonwealth Minister for Asia Lord Malloch Brown.
He said this in response to a question posed by Lord Nazir Ahmed during the House of Lords debate on Afghanistan. Lord Ahmed asked why it was necessary for NATO and the US to bomb within Pakistani territory. Responding to this, Lord Brown said that while NATO was not bombing within Pakistani turf, the issue relating to missile attacks by the US within Pakistan's Tribal Areas was primarily a matter for the US and Pakistan to resolve.
"However, I certainly confirm to my noble friend that we all believe that the newly elected democratic government of Pakistan must be allowed to prevail. Were it to fail, that would be a great setback for all our objectives in the region," Lord Brown added.
The minister informed the House that the British government had committed 30 million pounds to upgrade 200 vehicles as well as purchase 700 new ones for the British troops in Afghanistan in order to combat the insurgents there.