UK to sponsor events to counter-extremist propaganda in Pak

November 15th, 2007 - 12:56 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that the UK will spend 400 million pounds abroad on fighting radicalisation, and added that for the first time, Britain would sponsor events in Pakistan to counter extremist propaganda.
He said that Britain would boost security at stations, airports and other potential targets to protect them against car bombings and counter a growing threat from Islamist militants.
Crowded locations in Britain such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas, schools and hospitals would be given instructions on how to improve security arrangements, Brown told parliament as he unveiled new security proposals.
The measures follow a review of possible infrastructure weaknesses begun after the discovery of car bombs in London and an attack on Scotlands Glasgow Airport in June, the Daily Times reported.
“The conclusion today of the review … identifies a need to step up physical protection against possible vehicle bomb attacks,” Brown said.
“This will include, where judged necessary, improved security at railway stations … and at airport terminals, ports and over 100 sensitive installations”.
Brown also set out details of a new unified border force, tougher biometric visa requirements and proposals for the electronic screening of all passengers.
His statement came days after Abdul Bari, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, warned that emphasising al Qaeda threat was helping to create a climate of fear and suspicion, similar to Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
“There is no greater priority than the safety and security of our people and building the strongest possible relationships across all faiths and communities,” Brown said. (ANI)

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