Cameron`s comments hit Pak flood aid: Envoy

British PM had asked Pak to stop export of terror to India and Afghanistan.

Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 13:33 PM IST

London: British Prime Minister David Cameron`s warning to Pakistan that it should stop "export of terror" to India and Afghanistan has adversely affected efforts to raise funds for flood relief, a senior Pakistani diplomat has said.

Pakistan`s Ambassador to the United Nations, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, told BBC`s Radio 4 that Cameron`s comments had allegedly added to Pakistan`s suffering amidst unprecedented floods in the country.

The comments on Pakistan by Cameron during his recent visit to India sparked a diplomatic furore between the two countries.

The row was sought to be settled during Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari`s recent visit to the UK, when both leaders said ties between the two countries were `unbreakable`.

Asked if disputes such as the one sparked by Cameron`s comments had caused Pakistan to suffer, Haroon said: "Yes, indeed Pakistan has suffered because of what Mr Cameron has said, because the British people will listen to their Prime Minister."

According to him, a negative perception of Pakistan could be preventing the public from giving more aid. Haroon said: "The world has been slow. It could be because of donor fatigue in terms of what`s happening around the world, but also I don`t think the international press, until now, has portrayed what is happening."

Warning of a risk that the Taliban could flourish in areas where they had previously been defeated by the Pakistani Army, he said: "The Taliban has been flushed out and are now running back to these areas and trying to reinvest themselves into them."

"There is going to be a fight over who helps who at this grievous time, and if the international community does not take this as its responsibility, I`m afraid there will be repercussions much beyond what is happening just now," he told the BBC.