ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — Britain’s prime minister Sunday asked India and Pakistan to allow UK police to interview Mumbai siege suspects as he revealed the extent of Pakistan-based extremists’ involvement in terrorism in his country.
Gordon Brown, who met counterpart Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad, said three quarters of the most serious terrorism cases investigated by British police have links to al Qaeda in Pakistan.
Brown said he asked both Zardari and Prime Minister Singh to allow British police to interview any Mumbai terror suspects arrested in their countries, saying “we all have an interest in discovering what lay behind the attacks.”
He said he proposed to Zardari a new pact between Britain and Pakistan to “break the chain of terror that links the mountain of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the streets of the UK and other countries around the world.”
It would be “the most comprehensive anti-terrorist program Britain has signed with any country,” he said. “We will work to ensure that everything is done to make sure that terrorists are denied any safe haven in Pakistan.”
“The time has come for action and not words and I want to help Pakistan and other countries root out terrorism.”
That time has been here for quite a while.