Statsminister Gordon Brown gjorde det klart for president Asif Ali Zardari at Storbritannia ser med stigende bekymring for terrortrusselen fra Pakistan. Tre firedeler av alle terrorplaner i Storbritannia har forbindelser til Pakistan.
«Three quarters of the most serious plots investigated by the British authorities have links to al-Qaeda in Pakistan,» said Mr Brown in a press conference alongside Mr Zardari in the presidential palace in Islamabad. «The time has come for action, not words.»
Speaking just a few hours after meeting Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, in Delhi, Mr Brown also formally declared for the first time that Britain backs India’s assertion that Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group with links to Pakistan’s military-run spy agency, carried out the Mumbai attack.
His remarks were clearly designed to heap pressure on Pakistan’s civilian government to do more to crack down on militant groups in the wake of the Mumbai strike, which killed at least 170 people, including three British citizens.
Men pakistanske myndigheter vil ikke innrømme noen forbindelse til Lashkar. De godtar ikke en gang at Mumbai-terroren har sine røtter i Pakistan, og krever bevis.
Landing in Islamabad, Mr Brown made it clear he was in no doubt that LeT was responsible for the attacks, adding «they have a great deal to answer for».
Officials said he had been assured by British intelligence that LeT was responsible, despite denials from the group and claims by Pakistan authorities that they have been no evidence to that effect.
Western intelligence services are believed to have intercepted phone calls made by the Mumbai bombers to militants in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister offered an additional £6 million of assistance for security equipment for Pakistan, which has seen 50 suicide attacks this year compared to 7 in the previous year. «The aim must be to work together to do everything in our power to cut off terrorism,» he said.
However he was rebuffed at the press conference by President Zardari, who refused to acknowledge Pakistani militants’ involvement in the Mumbai attacks.
«They have still not completed their investigation. I’m hoping once the Indian government shares the information with us we will find whether there will be any culprits and will take action,» the President said.
Pakistani officials admit that «non-state actors» in Pakistan may have been involved, but say they must tread carefully to prevent a backlash from the Pakistani public or from the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, Pakistan’s military-run spy organisation.
Ifølge Daily Telegraph sa Brown at Pakistan må handle og stenge leirene i grenseområdene. Det går en direkte linje herfra til terrortrusselen i britisk hverdag, sa Brown.
«The time has come for action not words,» Mr Brown told Mr Zardari.
At a press conference, Mr Brown revealed that he had told Mr Zardari that «three quarters of the most serious plots investigated by the British authorities have links to al-Qaeda in Pakistan».
Many known terrorists including Mohammed Siddique Khan, ringleader of the 7/7 bombings, are known to have trained at al-Qaeda inspired camps in the Pakistani border areas.
In a private meeting Mr Brown told Mr Zardari he must do more to close those camps.
Mr Brown told reporters: «We must break the chain of terrorism that links the mountains of Afghanistan to the streets of Britain.»
Gordon later til å ha forstått sammenhengen mellom Pakistan, Afghanistan og terrortrusselen i Storbritannia. Han kalte det terror-kjeden og sa den må brytes. Storbritannia skyter inn 60 millioner kroner i et fond for å motvirke radikalisering i Pakistan. Brown tok også opp trusselen mot britiske soldater i Afghanistan.
Men hvor tålmodig kommer Brown til å være? Uten vedvarende press skjer det neppe noe.