British Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered Pakistan and India aid in fighting Islamic extremism during a visit to the sub-continent aimed at easing bilateral tensions after a series of attacks in Mumbai that India blames on Pakistani militants.
His visit coincided with a new spat between the neighbours after
In talks with
He also said he had asked them for permission for British police to question suspects arrested in both countries over the militant attack on Mumbai which killed 179 people.
"Three-quarters of the most serious terrorist plots investigated by the British authorities have links to al Qaeda in
These measures would help to "break the chain of terror that links the mountains of
He also offered
"We want to normalise our relations with
The nuclear-armed neighbours came close to a fourth war after
And in a reminder of how quickly tensions could escalate,
It said these two violations were "inadvertent" and there was no cause for alarm. An Indian Air Force spokesman denied there had been any violation.
The Indian Air Force has been particularly careful to avoid straying across the border after two of its planes were shot down in the 1999 Kargil conflict and analysts were at a loss to explain two violations at the same time.
"It could not have been a navigation error.
Zardari, meanwhile, assured Brown he would take more action to clamp down on suspected militants.
Brown also said he had asked Singh if he would let British police interview the lone surviving gunman held after the Mumbai attack, identified as Mohammad Ajmal Kasab. He asked Zardari if British police could interview suspects held in
British government sources said British detectives were seeking more information on how Lashkar-e-Taiba worked or information they could cross-reference with other intelligence.
"I think we all have an interest in discovering what lay behind the Mumbai outrages," Brown said.
Date created : 2008-12-14