UK warns Pak against any export of terror
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:00
  
Bangalore: Sending a "very clear message" to Pakistan, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday warned that country against promoting any "export of terror", whether to India or elsewhere, and said it must not be allowed to "look both ways".

Cameron also said that it is not right for Pakistan to have any relationship with groups that are promoting terror, in comments seen as endorsing India's stand.

"We cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country(Pakistan) is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror, whether to India or whether to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world," he said.

Cameron, who began his maiden visit to India after assuming office, made these remarks while talking to newsmen and in his address at the IT major Infosys campus in the outskirts of the city during a trip to Bangalore. He is due to hold official talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi tomorrow.

Cameron said "It's unacceptable for anything to happen within Pakistan that's about supporting terrorism elsewhere.

And it's well documented that that has been the case in the past."

Cameron's remarks came against the backdrop of US documents leaked to Internet whistleblower site WikiLeaks accusing Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of secretly helping the Afghan insurgency while the coutnry took billions of aid to fight terror.

He said there had been "big progress" by Pakistan in fighting militant groups "but we need to see that progress continue."

Cameron said he is going to discuss with Singh the "leakage" of funds given to Pakistan by the US and UK.

He also said that Britain like India wants a Pakistan that is stable, democratic and free from terror.

"We should be very, very clear with Pakistan that we want to see a strong, stable and democratic Pakistan,"

Cameron also spoke about the contours of a future UK-Pakistan relationship in the wake of the WikiLeaks expose.

"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," he said.

"Democratic states that want to be part of the developed world cannot do that. The message to Pakistan from the U.S. and the UK is very clear on that point," he added.

Cameron also pitched for closer security relationship between India and Britain saying the two countries must meet the challenge of ensuring global security.

He said Britain like India was determined that groups like the Taliban, the Haqqani network or Lakshar-e-Taiba should not be allowed to launch attacks on Indian and British citizens in India or in Britain.

"Our interests are your interests ? so let?s work together to realise them," he said.

He referred to the terror strikes five years ago in Britain in which 52 people were killed on the tube and on a bus in London and the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, killing scores of Indians and three British nationals.

Stating that Britain worked with Indian government in investigations, he said "we remain determined that those responsible must be brought to justice."

"And I am here today to propose an even closer security relationship between India and Britain," he added.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 21:00


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