UK announces £50 mn for Pakistan
London: Britain on Thursday announced an additional GBP 50 million to Pakistan to bolster its fight against Taliban and help reconstruction and relocation of people displaced due to fighting in the country`s north-west.
This was announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown after meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Yousuf Raza Gilani at 10, Downing Street.
At their joint press conference Brown said "I`m pleased today to confirm my offer of a further GBP 50 million to back your plans for long-term stabilisation of the border areas."
Brown said the money would go into Pakistan`s programme to help re-establish its control over the chaotic border region, which he has identified as the source of three-quarters of the terrorist plots that have targeted Britain since 2001.
The British Prime Minister said, "The aid being provided will go into reconstruction, education and the relocation of people displaced in the fighting.”
Gilani arrived here from Germany on the second leg of his two-nation visit for talks with the British leader who has lobbied the country to do more to find the al Qaeda leaders believed to be hiding out in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.
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