Pakistan summons British envoy over Cameron’s comments


Islamabad : Pakistan Monday summoned British High Commissioner to Foreign Office to lodge protest over remarks by British Minister who in his visit to India last week had alleged that Islamabad is exporting terrorism in India, Afghanistan and the across world.

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David Cameron who was speaking in the Indian city of Bangalore also accused Islamabad of having links with terrorist groups, noting that the Pakistani Government was guilty of double-dealing by both making an alliance with the West and helping terror groups inside the Pakistani territory.

“Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a meeting with the British High Commissioner Adam Thomson in the Foreign Office Monday conveyed the sentiments of the government and the people of Pakistan at the remarks made by the British Prime Minister during his recent visit to India regarding Pakistan,” a Foreign Ministry said.

“The Foreign Minister emphasized that terrorism was a global issue and had to be dealt with by all countries in a spirit of cooperation, rather than putting the entire onus on any one country,” it said.

The Foreign Ministry said that the Foreign Minister said Pakistan was itself a victim of terrorism and its efforts against violent extremism could not be negated.

“The British High Commissioner explained the context in which the remarks were made by the British Prime Minister adding that the UK was looking forward to further strengthening its strategic relations with Pakistan in the months and years ahead,” the statement said.

“It was underlined that the upcoming meeting between the president of Pakistan and the prime mMinister of Britain at Chequers would provide a useful opportunity to understand each other’s viewpoint on issues of mutual concern, as well as takiing the bilateral relationship forward,” it said.