ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and UK have agreed that terrorism and radicalization posed a threat to everyone and required a concerted and coordinated response. This was stated in a joint statement issued following talks between Pakistani and UK officials aimed at deepening their co-operation in counter-terrorism and counter-extremism.
The visiting UK counter-terrorism delegation, led by British Prime Minister’s Security Adviser Robert Hannigan, held a series of meetings with their senior Pakistani counterparts here. The delegation’s visit follows an agreement between President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Gordon Brown to further deepen Pakistan and the UK’s counter-terrorism co-operation, following the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on 27 December.
The delegation included officials from right across the British Government, including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for International Development, as well as representatives of law enforcement agencies. The Pakistani side was led by Secretary Interior, Syed Kamal Shah and included senior representatives of the concerned ministries.
The two sides reviewed the Pakistan-UK counter-terrorism co-operation and explored areas where current co-operation where it could be reinforced, and identified possible new areas where the two countries could work together. The two sides shared their experiences about the steps they had taken to counter terrorism and radicalization. It was emphasized that the underlying causes of terrorism and radicalization needed to be addressed for a long term solution of these problems.
The visiting delegation also called on the prime minister, foreign minister and interior minister. They assured them of Britain’s support for Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and radicalization.
The visit comes in the wake of several high profile terrorist attacks in Pakistan in recent weeks.-SANA