Islamabad: Pakistani leaders stepped up
their criticism of David Cameron for his remarks linking the
country to terrorism, with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
today saying it would have been better if the British premier
had raised the issue of alleged rights violations in Jammu and
Kashmir during his visit to India.
Gilani noted that Cameron had talked about the
promotion of terrorism by Pakistan and question why the
British Prime Minister had not raised human rights violations
by Indian armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
"It would have been better if he had talked about the
issue there (in India) and won the hearts of the Pakistanis,"
Gilani said while addressing a gathering at Sargodha in Punjab
Pakistan and Britain have had good relations for the
past 60 years and Islamabad wants to further strengthen them,
Cameron`s warning to Islamabad to sever links with
groups that promote the export of terror to Afghanistan and
India have cast a shadow on Pakistan-Britain ties and the
chief of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence has
cancelled an upcoming visit to London to convey the military`s
displeasure over the remarks.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said
Pakistan would seek an explanation from the British High
Commissioner on Cameron`s comments.
"British Prime Minister David Cameron`s comments were
surprising," Qureshi told a TV news channel.
Pakistan was a frontline state in the war on terror
and its achievements and successes could not be negated,
Pakistan`s people and armed forces have made great
sacrifices in the war, he added.
Diplomatic sources said an official of the British
High Commission is expected to be called to the Foreign Office
on Monday to seek an explanation on Cameron’s comments.