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Gordon Brown calls up Musharraf, offers support


London : British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Friday telephoned Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and urged him to hold general elections on Jan 8 as planned.

“The international community is united in its outrage and determination that those who stoop to such tactics shall not prevail,” Brown said in a statement after speaking to Musharraf in the aftermath of the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.

“I therefore encouraged President Musharraf to stick to the course he has outlined to build democracy and stability in Pakistan.”

“This deadly attack is also a potent reminder of the threat we face from terror. Pakistan is a major ally in the global effort to combat this menace,” Brown said.

“I told President Musharraf that the UK is prepared to sustain and build the already significant counter-terrorism support we offer his country, not least in the effort to destroy al Qaeda.”