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US behind Cameron’s Pak remarks in India

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by CONNAN, Dec 2, 2010.

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    British Prime Minister David Cameron’s remark during his India visit in June about Pakistan looking “both ways†in the war against terrorism was in line with his party’s promise to the US to act tough on Islamabad, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

    The report based on leaked US cables said, the US was promised before the May 6 British general election that a Conservative government would be tougher on Pakistan, because the Tories claimed to be less dependent than Labour on domestic votes from people with Pakistani connections.

    In a leaked 10 December 2009 cable, the US ambassador to the UK, Louis Susman recorded meeting Tory leader Liam Fox, who is now the Defence Secretary. “Fox criticised the Labour government for policies which reinforce the Indian government’s long-held view that HMG’s [Her Majesty’s government’s] foreign relations on the subcontinent are ‘skewed to Pakistan’â€, the cable said. He is quoted as saying that “the Conservatives are ‘less dependent’ than the Labour party on votes from the British-Pakistani communityâ€.

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    During the June visit to India, Cameron urged Pakistanis not to face “both ways†on terror. His remarks caused a diplomatic furore. The London US embassy reported that Cameron met a Congressional delegation led by Republican Senator John McCain in 2008. “Cameron..raised Pakistan, noting that 60,000 individuals travel to Pakistan from the UK each year and that this has implications for the UK’s own significant domestic ‘terror threat’.â€

    On 9 April 2009, Richard Holbrooke, US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, met Cameron in London “to urge HMG [under possible Conservative leadership] to engage more on Pakistanâ€.

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