Control, arrest and punish terrorists, Gordon Brown tells Pakistan

March 4th, 2009 - 9:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Gordon BrownLondon, March 4 (IANS) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for terrorists in Pakistan “to be brought under control, arrested and brought to trial”.
Speaking after Tuesday’s terrorist attack wounding six Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, Brown also revealed that the “vast majority” of Al Qaeda militants are now in Pakistan, not Afghanistan.

“My first thoughts are with those who died and those who have been casualties as a result of this terrorist attack. Obviously, when people are competing in sport and suddenly there’s a terrorist attack, it is all the more tragic,” he said in remarks made in Washington.

“What we have to do is to make sure that action against terrorism in Pakistan is effective. We know that the vast majority of Al Qaeda fighters are in Pakistan, not in Afghanistan.

“We know that there are groups in Pakistan that are terrorist groups that need to be brought under control, arrested and brought to trial.

“I have been pressing for some time the Pakistan government to make sure that arrests happen, terrorists are brought under control and Pakistan is seen to be fulfilling its role in the world community in dealing with the terrorist problem in its midst,” the British leader added.

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