`Cameron`s Pak comments basically correct`
Endorsing David Cameron`s views on Pakistan exporting terror, a leading British newspaper on Friday said the Premier`s comments were "startling" but basically correct to be so critical of that country while in India.
London: Endorsing David Cameron`s views on Pakistan exporting terror, a leading British newspaper on Friday said the Premier`s comments were "startling" but basically correct to be so critical of that country while in India.
Describing Cameron`s India visit as "The Grand Tour", The Times said in an editorial that his first major international visits were not flawless, but his objectives were well chosen and his performances, with one exception, assured."
Cameron had on Wednesday said in Bangalore that Pakistan should not have ties with groups that promote the export of terror to Afghanistan or India.
"The most obvious feature of Cameron`s tour was that each leg had a clear objective. In the United States, the Prime Minister sought to re-establish the special relationship after the slightly awkward dealings that Gordon Brown had with President Barack Obama.
"In Turkey, Cameron aimed to show that his government saw the Turks as an important ally, and try to deter the Turkish government from dallying with Iran. And in India virtually the entire senior tier of the government turned out to show Indians that Britain was serious about building economic and political links," the newspaper said.
It said Cameron`s comments on Pakistan was "startling, but basically correct, to be so critical of Pakistan when in India."
Responding to Indian sentiment about its neighbour`s security policy was one of the few ways that Cameron could be certain to gain the attention of his audience.
It said the Indian initiative, in particular, was long overdue.
"India`s rise will be of increasing importance to this country`s economic and international policy. It is very much in our national interest that closer links should be forged, and we are very late in forging them."
The paper said it was right to address Turkish concern about conditions in Gaza. But it was wrong, in fact and especially in tone, to describe Gaza as a "prison camp".
It said Cameron has made a confident start on the international stage. "Now we must wait to see how he responds to his first important foreign policy test. For such a test will surely come."
In a report, The Times said Cameron tempered his criticism of Pakistan last night as he left India having set the goal of doubling trade with the country in five years.