UK seeks deeper links to fight terror

November 30, 2012 - 5:11:49 am

Hyderabad: British Home Secretary Theresa May yesterday called for greater cooperation between India and Britain to tackle terrorism and other common threats like drugs, human trafficking and cyber crime.

Stating that four years after the attacks on Mumbai, the threat from terrorism remained real for both the countries, she said they would continue to work in partnership to tackle it.

“But at the same time, the shared threats that we face continue to evolve. Drugs, human trafficking, cyber crime - all pose a very real threat to our citizens and our economies. And none can be tackled by one nation acting alone,” she said while addressing Indian Police Service (IPS) officers at the National Police Academy here.

May said the two countries should deal with common threats not only through closer cooperation between governments and law enforcement, but also by drawing on the expertise of industry and academia. Paying tributes to the police officers who lost their lives during the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, she said British police learnt the lessons from the tragedy to prepare for a similar attack on British soil.

“And during the Olympics, we built on the Indian lessons of the Commonwealth Games to work with international partners and identify potential threats at an early stage,” said May, who is on a three-day visit to India.