UK Calls for Pakistan to Improve Counter-Terror Measures
Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently made a statement imploring Pakistani officials to step up efforts to locate Osama bin Laden and other top-level terror commanders. Although he applauded Pakistan’s recent attempts to combat the Taliban, Brown added, “We have to ask ourselves why, eight years after Sept. 11, nobody has been able to spot or detain or get close to Osama bin Laden, nobody has been able to get close to Zawahri, the No. 2 in Al Qaeda.”
Intelligence experts believe bin Laden is hiding somewhere in Pakistan’s tribal regions, close to its border with Afghanistan.
A spokesman for Pakistan’s Foreign Office responded to Brown’s statements by assuring world leaders they are working hard to fight terrorism within their borders.
On a related note, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari transferred some of his military authority to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani amid increasing calls for Zardari to cede power.