Cameron warns Pakistan against exporting terror to India

British Prime Minister David Cameron today warned Pakistan against exporting terrorism to India, Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world.

india Updated: Jul 29, 2010 01:49 IST

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday warned Pakistan against exporting terrorism to India, Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world.

"We want to see a strong, stable and democratic Pakistan, but we cannot tolerate in any sense export of terrorism, whether to India, Afghanistan or anywhere in the world," Cameron said in his address at the Infosys Technologies Ltd campus on the outskirts of Bangalore.

Expressing concern over the reported leakage of funds from the multi-billion dollar military aid Britain and the US had been giving to Pakistan post-9/11 to fight militants on its territory, Cameron ruled out relationship with any group promoting terrorism or backing insurgency in India.

"I will apprise Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday in New Delhi on what I had discussed with US President Barack Obama during my recent visit to Washington on the issue because when it comes to protecting innocent people, we cannot overlook what is happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan," Cameron said in his 30-minute address.

Noting that India's relations with its neighbouring countries was a matter for the Indian government to decide and not Britain, Cameron said groups like the Taliban, the Haqqani network or Lashkar-e-Taiba should not be allowed to launch attacks on Indian or British citizens in India or Britain.

"Your relations with these countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) are a matter for you (India) and you alone. But like you, we are determined not to allow the terror groups to attack our people, whether soldiers or civilians from both our countries who are working in Afghanistan," Cameron asserted.

The Conservative leader, who is on a two-day maiden visit to India after assuming office in May, visited India's IT bellwether with a high-profile official-cum-business delegation to interact with the company's young techies and top management.

Besides Infosys chairman and chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy, Wipro chairman Azim Premji, Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and MindTree co-founder Subroto Bagchi were among the captains of the Indian knowledge industry who were present on the occasion.

First Published: Jul 28, 2010 22:02 IST