"These border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan are the breeding ground, the crucible of terrorism," Brown told a news conference with Karzai. "A chain of terror links these areas to the streets of many of the capital cities of the world," Brown added. "Our approach to those countries is different but must be complementary. Our strategy for dealing with this breeding ground of terrorism will mean more security on the streets of Britain," Brown said. The new strategy is to be unveiled in a statement to parliament in London tomorrow.
After holding talks with Karzai, Brown flew into the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, where he faced questions about the botched arrest in Britain of 11 Pakistani students on terror charges. As Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review went to press yesterday, British Prime Minister was holding key talks with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
Karzai to run for re-election
Meanwhile, the Afghan leader Karzai told the news conference with Brown that he would run for re-election, saying he would shortly register his candidacy for the August vote that had been pushed back from April over security fears. "The election year will be a stern test for everyone, but we face a choice: confront extremism here and in Pakistan or let it come to us," said Brown.
Britain is the second-biggest contributor of foreign troops to Afghanistan after the United States, deploying around 8,300 as part of a NATO-led force based mostly in the south, the heartland of a Taliban insurgency. A total of 152 British soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in October.