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Pak reacts angrily to Cameron`s remarks

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 23:18

Islamabad: British Prime Minister David
Cameron`s warning that Pakistan should not have links with
groups that export terror drew an angry response from
Islamabad, which said it had done more than other nations in
combating the menace.

Noting that terrorism is a "global issue", Foreign
Office spokesman Abdul Basit said the world community should
instead ask India to "view this issue objectively".
"Pakistan has done much more than any other country in
combating terrorism. Our people and security forces have
rendered innumerable sacrifices. We hope that our friends will
be able to persuade India to view this issue objectively and
the value of `cooperation` in counter-terrorism," Basit said
in a statement.

He said that "terrorism is a global issue as well as
regional and local" and that Pakistan and Britain have a
"robust and comprehensive partnership, including on

"Terrorists have no religion, no humanity, no specific
ethnicity or geography. Terrorists` networks, as the UK knows
full well, mutate and operate in different regions and cities.
The genesis of terrorism as a global phenomenon warrants close
attention," Basit said.
"Pakistan is as much a victim of terrorism as are
Afghanistan, India or other countries," he added.

Speaking in Bangalore, Prime Minister Cameron warned
Pakistan not to have any relations with groups that "promote
the export of terror".

He said he would raise the issue with his Indian
counterpart Manmohan Singh when they hold talks tomorrow.

Cameron`s remarks follow the leak of secret US
documents on WikiLeaks website that said Pakistan`s
Inter-Services Intelligence agency was allegedly helping the
Afghan Taliban.

He said Britain wants a strong, stable and democratic
Pakistan but it "cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that
this country is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any
way, to promote the export of terror whether to India, whether
to Afghanistan or to anywhere else in the world".

Cameron`s spokeswoman clarified he was talking about
Pakistan as a country and not the government.

She said the main message was for Pakistan to shut
down terror groups.


First Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 23:18

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