Pakistan summons British envoy over Cameron row

Pakistan summoned Britain's envoy in Islamabad over allegations by British PM Cameron on what he-called "terrorism", officials said.

Pakistan summons British envoy over Cameron row

 

Pakistan summoned Britain's envoy in Islamabad on Monday over allegations by British Prime Minister David Cameron on what he-called "terrorism", officials said.

Adam Thomson, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, was summoned to the foreign ministry to clarify remarks Cameron made during a visit to India last week, a Pakistani official said.

The comments caused anger in Pakistan and the country's spy chief cancelled a trip to Britain in protest, though President Asif Ali Zardari still plans to visit Britain later this week.

A British Foreign Office spokesman confirmed that Thomson was meeting Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the request of Pakistan's foreign ministry but gave no further details.

Images of protesters in Karachi burning an effigy of Cameron in protest at his comments have received widespread television coverage in Britain.

Pakistan's envoy to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, said he had personally dissuaded Britons of Pakistani descent from demonstrating against Cameron's remarks before Zardari's visit.

The Pakistani leader is due to travel to London from Paris, where he arrived on Sunday for talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy on security and economic issues as part of a three-day visit.

Zardari is expected to meet Cameron on Friday at the British prime minister's official country residence, Chequers, before addressing a rally of political supporters among Britain's million-strong Pakistani community on Saturday.

Pakistan has held massive offensives in its tribal regions under U.S. pressure, causing deaths of thousands of civilians.

Cameron's remarks came days after classified U.S. military reports published on the WikiLeaks website detailed concerns that Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence agency had aided the Taliban while Pakistan's government was taking billions of dollars in U.S. aid.

Reuters

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