Terrorists in Pakistan and UK linked, says UK Home Secretary

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Islamabad, Apr 8 : Terrorists operating in Pakistan and United Kingdom were connected and implications of this are felt in both the countries, British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has.

She said that threats to the UK had connections here, and that threats to Pakistan had been traced back to the UK.

Jacqui said this while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a calligraphic exhibition held at the National Art Gallery. The terrorist organisations represented a very small minority and were needed to be isolated and condemned collectively, the Dawn quoted her as saying.

Pakistan faced the major brunt and hundreds of its people died in suicide attacks last year, she said and added: "Many of the attacks had been against undefended targets and most of the causalities were innocent civilians."

Ms Smith also said that cooperation and dialogue between security agencies of the two countries were vital. "Pakistani agencies have played a key role in important counter-terrorist investigations in the UK in recent years," she added.

Declaring that the UK had already provided extensive assistance to the Pakistani services in combating terror, she said: "I know the new political set-up in Pakistan waned to do more. But, we will urgently consider what more can be done to further enhance our joint work."

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