July 28, 2010
(KATAKAMI / METRO.CO.UK) Pakistan should not be allowed ‘to promote the export of terror’ in the world David Cameron said.
‘We should be very, very clear that we want to see a strong, stable and democratic Pakistan,’ he said during a question-and-answer session in Bangalore.
‘But we cannot tolerate 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, Afghanistan or anywhere else.’
Mr Cameron’s comments followed a speech at IT firm Infosys in Bangalore, as he was appealing for a ‘new relationship’ with India.
Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said ‘there is no question of Pakistan looking the other way’.
Mr Cameron’s comments come soon after the leak of confidential ‘war logs’ which included detailed claims that Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency was secretly helping the Taliban.
Mr Basit dismissed the claims as ‘crude, self-serving and unverifiable’ and said Mr Cameron should not use them as a basis for his analysis of the situation.
‘As the international community knows very well, Pakistan is committed against terrorism, against militancy, and we are committed not to allow our territory to be used for terrorism or terrorist actions anywhere in the world,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One.
Pakistani senator Khurshid Ahmad, vice-president of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami Party, warned Mr Cameron’s remarks risked fuelling ‘anti-American, anti-West’ feeling on the streets.
‘The basis on which this statement has been made is very fragile,’ Prof Ahmad told the BBC.