Terrorists in Pakistan planning over 20 attacks on Britain

More than twenty serious terrorist plots to stage attacks in Britain are being planned in Pakistan, Gordon Brown said.

By James Kirkup
The Telegraph (UK)
The Prime Minister named Pakistan as a haven for terrorists planning attacks in Britain, revealing that around three quarters of the most advanced plots monitored by MI5 are have Pakistani links.

Officials say that the Security Service is aware of around 30 serious plots at any given moment, suggesting that at least 21 of them are tied to Pakistani groups.

On a visit to Islamabad, the Prime Minister delived a blunt demand to President Ali Asif Zardari to improve his goverment’s work to prevent al-Qaeda and other groups operating in the lawless area that borders Afghanistan.

“The time has come for action not words,” Mr Brown told Mr Zardari.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (right) welcomes ... 
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (right) welcomes Gordon Brown upon his arrival at the prime minister’s house in Islamabad. Brown pledged Sunday to help Pakistan “break the chain of terror” after holding talks with President Asif Ali Zardari on security in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.(AFP/Farooq Naeem)

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.”

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