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British defence secretary pushes Nato to take role in Pakistan

British Defence Secretary John Hutton has appealed to Nato allies to help Pakistan fight extremist groups on its territory.

  • AP
  • Published: 19:49 February 4, 2009
  • Gulf News

London: British Defence Secretary John Hutton has appealed to Nato allies to help Pakistan fight extremist groups on its territory.

Hutton says the 26-nation alliance has to widen its role beyond its current military mission in Afghanistan to help secure democracy in Pakistan as well. He says Pakistan is "a critical partner" in the fight against terrorism.

Hutton is asking Nato nations to consider sending equipment, and offer training support to Pakistan which neighbors Afghanistan.

Hutton held talks with Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and the 26 national envoys to the alliance on Wednesday.

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