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UK’s Cameron Tells Off Pakistan

Posted by Newshoggers.com on July 29th, 2010

From our partners at Newshoggers.com

By Steve Hynd

OK, so on a trip to the region he waited until he was safely out of Pakistan and in New Delhi – but at least he said it.

Cameron came close to endorsing Delhi's view when he said: "We cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able to promote the export of terror, whether to India or Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world.

"That is why this relationship is important. But it should be a relationship based on a very clear message: that it is not right to have any relationship with groups that are promoting terror. Democratic states that want to be part of the developed world cannot do that. The message to Pakistan from the US and from the UK is very clear on that point."

Pakistan took the rare step of issuing a rebuttal. Abdul Basit, a spokesman for the Pakistani foreign ministry, told Radio 4's World at One: "There is no question of Pakistan looking the other way. I think the prime minister was referring to these reports, which are unverifiable and outdated. If we start drawing inferences from these self-serving reports, then obviously we are distracting ourselves."

…Asked on the Today programme whether Pakistan exports terrorism, Cameron said: "I choose my words very carefully. It is unacceptable for anything to happen within Pakistan that is about supporting terrorism elsewhere. It is well-documented that that has been the case in the past, and we have to make sure that the Pakistan authorities are not looking two ways. They must only look one way, and that is to a democratic and stable Pakistan."

Pakistan is pissed that Cameron was so forthright at all. A Pakistani foreign office spokesman hit back with this gem:

"terrorists have no religion, no humanity, no specific ethnicity or geography"

Which only makes it look more like denial is the river that flows through Islamabad.

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