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Cameron's Pak warning: Par panel says remarks 'uncalled for'

world Updated: Aug 03, 2010 15:29 IST
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A Pakistani Parliamentary panel has dismissed as "uncalled for" David Cameron's remarks in India that Pakistan must stop promoting "export of terror," with its chief saying that even the place where the British Premier made the statement was "inappropriate".

The Parliamentary Committee on National Security on Tuesday criticised the remarks made by Cameron during his India visit last week.

The comments have already sparked a diplomatic row between the two countries and the Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the British High Commissioner to register its protest.

"Pakistan is not a state that exports terrorism, rather a victim of it. The uncalled for remarks of the British Prime Minister are (baseless) and incorrect... Mr Cameron or other powers do not have any empirical evidence to support such a surmise," said Raza Rabbani, the Chairman of the committee and a senior leader of the ruling PPP.

After an in-camera meeting of the committee, Rabbani told reporters at the Parliament Houses that had Cameron been fair, he would have shown "some courtesy by speaking about human rights violations" in Jammu and Kashmir.

The parliamentary committee was disappointed that Cameron did not even bother to calculate the diplomatic implications of such a statement, he said.

"The place where he gave the statement was inappropriate too, which adds more to the agonies of the nation that has become a victim of terrorism," Rabbani said, adding Cameron should have realised that the number of Pakistani soldiers killed in anti-terror operations was higher than that of allied forces fighting in Afghanistan.

President Asif Ali Zardari has decided to go ahead with a controversial visit to Britain despite Cameron's refusal to apologise from his remarks.

Political leaders had urged Zardari to call of the visit beginning today to register Pakistan's protest over the remarks.

Zardari's aides have said the visit will give the President an opportunity to explain Pakistan's position and clear the air.

Referring to Zardari's controversial visit to Britain, Rabbani said the stance of all political parties on the issue was different.