Pakistani envoy to Britain criticises Cameron's remarks

29th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Pakistan's envoy to Britain Thursday accused Prime Minister David Cameron of "damaging the prospects of regional peace" after the premier warned Islamabad against promoting the export of terror.

Cameron made the comments Wednesday on a trip to India, Pakistan's neighbour and arch-rival.

"One would have hoped that the British prime minister would have considered Pakistan's enormous role in the war on terror and the sacrifices it has made since 9/11," wrote Wajid Shamsul Hasan in Britain's Guardian newspaper.

"He seems to be more reliant on information based on intelligence leaks, despite it lacking credibility or corroborating proof," added Hasan, who is Pakistan's high commissioner (ambassador) in Britain.

"A bilateral visit aimed at attracting business could have been conducted without damaging the prospects of regional peace."

Cameron made the remarks on a trade-focused trip to India, days after the leak of secret US military documents that detailed links between Pakistan's intelligence services and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

India has long accused Pakistan of harbouring and abetting extremist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba which New Delhi blames for attacks like the murderous 2008 assault by militant gunmen on Mumbai.

The British premier told reporters in Indian IT hub Bangalore: "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."

© 2010 AFP

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