Counter-terrorism spending in Pakistan slashed

Foreign Office Minister reveals that spending has been cut due to falling value of sterling

Foreign Office minister Baroness Kinnock revealed that the government has cut back on counter-terrorism in Pakistan because of the pound's falling value.

Speaking at Lords question time yesterday, Kinnock said that a number of projects had been hit by an estimated £110m budget shortfall.

She said: "Programmes in Afghanistan in counter narcotics have been cut, capacity building to prevent conflicts in Africa, counter-terrorism and radicalisation in Pakistan, the list goes on."

The timing of her comments was particularly embarrassing for the government. Gordon Brown had just told MPs that the Afghan-Pakistan border was still the "crucible of terrorism".

The Conservatives said that defence spending should be protected from currency fluctuations.



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