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It is time for action, not words says Brown

By Hari Krishnan

Islamabad, Dec.14 (ANI): British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Sunday assured Pakistan of all the help to counter terrorism in the country.

Addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari here shortly after bilateral talks, Brown said Britain would provide technical and financial assistance to effectively counter terrorism and radical element.

"Terrorism is a global problem and needs to be dealt with concerted efforts Britain would enhance its cooperation with Pakistan so that it could effectively deal with the menace of growing radicalization and terrorism," Brown said.

"Besides a six million pound sterling assistance to combat radicalisation, funds would be made available for better equipment and training of the bomb disposal squad, airport security, counter terrorism measures and improvement of police and forensics capabilities," he said.

"Through these measures we hope to do more to break the chain of terror that links the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the streets of the UK and other countries around the world," Brown said.

Brown expressed Britain's deep interest in helping Pakistan against terrorism as three-quarters of the most serious terrorist plots investigated by the British authorities have links to al-Qaeda here.

He said Britain and Pakistan would work together under a new agreement to "ensure everything is done to make sure terrorists are denied any safe havens in Pakistan."

"I think it's right that we have to help Pakistan to root out terrorism in its own country... all of us suffer when terrorists are active and are able to impose their will," he said.

He also called for a better mechanism and dialogue between Pakistan and India to remove misunderstandings.

Blaming India for not sharing evidence about the Mumbai attack, Zardari said: "India has not shared any evidence with Pakistan as regards the Mumbai attacks, and his country is ready to probe the issue with New Delhi together.The joint investigation was an opportunity for Pakistan to cooperate with India and build up ties."

Maintaining Pakistan's long term relationship with UK he said; "Pakistan and Britain are enjoying close and cordial relations, which would be further enhanced in various fields."

"We ourselves are victims of terrorism and feel the pain of the people of Mumbai," he added.Zardari assured that if there was any evidence that any culprits of the Mumbai attack were in Pakistan, action would be taken against them.

Brown arrived in Islamabad from New Delhi after talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (ANI)

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