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Cameron payback being prepared in Islamabadme coin–rudeness


Cameron payback being prepared in Islamabadme coin–rudeness

Of course the Pakistanis are incensed at the sales talk in Delhi proffered to curry favor with the Bharati defense establishment

Remarks by David Cameron, the British prime minister, that Islamabad should not “promote the export of terror” have angered Pakistani officials. Cameron made the comments on Wednesday during a visit to promote increased trade with India, which has tense relations with neighbouring Pakistan. Aljazeera

The rookie British Prime Minister Cameron has gone to Bharat and is parroting the Pakistanphobic rhetoric that his predecessor avoided. Labor used to be heavily dependent on Pakistani votes in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester. However today Labor is more beholden to Bharati interests like Tata. Prime Minister Cameron has gone to Delhi and is speaking the Bharati language. When he returns home, he will learn the consequences of of Anti-Pakistan rhetoric. His Foreign Office will tell him about the consequences of his diatribe.

BANGALORE, India — British Prime Minister David Cameron kicked off a trade-focused visit to India on Wednesday with a warning to neighbouring Pakistan against promoting the “export of terror.”Speaking to reporters after a speech pitching for investment and open trade with India to boost Britain’s fragile post-recession recovery, Cameron turned to the sensitive subject of India’s cross-border rival.“We cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country (Pakistan) is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror, whether to India or whether to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world,” he said. Khaleej Times.

The comments will be taken with a lot of chagrin in Pakistan–recovering from a horrendous aircraft crash in the capital today. As soon as the fog clears in Islamabad, and the press gets hold of Cameron’s immature behavior, all hell will break loose in British-Pakistani relations.

What will happen is that Britain will backtrack, and say that PM Cameron’s views were taken out of context blah blah blah.

The comments will be welcomed in India which has long accused Pakistan of harbouring and abetting extremist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba which New Delhi blames for attacks like the murderous 2008 assault by militant gunmen on Mumbai.

Mr Cameron’s team insist there was no attempt to “ratchet up the rhetoric” against Islamabad or Israel, insisting the PM was merely restating Britain’s position. Diplomats were dispatched to reassure Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s president, that the prime ministers’ comments did not herald a shift in relations.

But the candour of his words – and the country in which he chose to deliver them – will provoke intense debate in Pakistan, which sees its national interests overwhelmingly through the prism of India.

When viewed alongside other developments on this India trip – the lifting of a ban on civil nuclear co-operation, the sale of Hawk jets, increased intelligence-sharing and joint Anglo-Indian submarine “war games” – it is hard to argue that the balance of Britain’s interests in south Asia are unchanged. Financial Times.

Cameron’s remarks came days after the leak of secret US military documents that detailed links between Pakistan’s intelligence services and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

The Pakistanis are incensed at the Wikileaks which are seen as a “work of fiction” to shift blame for the defeat in Afghanistan. Most Pakistanis see the allegations against Pakistan as excuses by the defeated US Generals to find excuses for American ineptitude and incompetence.

Pakistan’s importance, by contrast, is more immediate. It is one of Britain’s biggest diplomatic outposts, reflecting the critical importance of a nation that is a partner in counter-terrorism and a big player in finding a means to exit Afghanistan, a goal Mr Cameron wants to achieve by 2015.

Mr Cameron’s team insist they never departed from Britain seeking to reset their approach to the region. When asked about the apparent change in tone, one Cameron aide ascribed it merely to his preference for “strong, clear language”.

“That doesn’t mean a change in strategy,” he said. Indeed Mr Cameron prides himself on being realistic about Britain’s standing in the world – be it as a “junior partner” to the US or the “spirit of humility” in which he approaches India. Financial Times.

The comments by the British Prime Minister were meant to appease the Bharatis, and get them to sign a multi-million Dollar deal. Obviously the provocative statements are not anchored in reality–only tied to business deals. However geographic realities and international relations will dictate that Britain backtrack from the incendiary statements.

“We should be very, very clear with Pakistan that we want to see a strong, stable and democratic Pakistan,” Cameron said.

“It should be a relationship based on a very clear message: that it is not right to have any relationship with groups that are promoting terror,” he added.

In a trip seen as a test of Cameron’s new focus on business in Britain’s foreign policy, manufacturing groups BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce used the first day to unveil two defence deals with India worth a combined one billion dollars.

“I want this to be a relationship which drives economic growth upwards and drives our unemployment figures downwards,” Cameron said in his speech in the Indian IT hub of Bangalore.

“This is a trade mission, yes, but I prefer to see it as my jobs mission.”

Cameron arrived in India late Tuesday at the head of the largest British delegation to travel to the former jewel in its colonial crown in recent memory.

Packed with a bevy of top ministers and a small army of business leaders, it has been tagged as a mould-breaking mission to redefine what Cameron’s government sees as a long-neglected relationship with one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

As the US and the UK face certain defeat London is trying to make hay in Delhi. It is pedagogical to note the comments of Karl Rove published in the Wall Street journal.

What President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron didn’t say during last week’s joint news conference may have mattered more than what they did say. The omissions could lead to a grave setback in the..

The president and prime minister declared their solidarity on the Afghanistan war. Both leaders “reaffirmed our commitment to the overall strategy,” in Mr. Cameron’s words. Mr. Obama said that approach aimed to “build Afghan capacity so Afghans can take responsibility for their future,” a point Mr. Cameron called “a key part” of the coalition’s strategy.All well and good. But neither leader uttered the word “victory” or “win” or any other similar phrase. They made it sound as if the strategic goal was to stand up the Afghan security forces, leave as soon as that was done, and hope the locals were up to keeping things together.

Neither man called for the defeat of the Taliban or declared its return to power unacceptable. Instead, Mr. Obama offered a lesser goal, namely to “break the Taliban’s momentum.” That is hardly a strategy that will galvanize people—as the King James Bible expressed it, “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” Karl Rove. WSJ.

The leader of the nation of shopkeepers will say anything for a Billion bucks.

In Bangalore, Cameron visited the country’s second-largest software exporter Infosys and the state-run defence giant Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).

In the first of a series of expected deals, BAE Systems said it had finalised the sale of 57 Hawk trainer jets to India — to be built by HAL under licence — in a deal worth 500 million pounds (779 million dollars).

Rolls Royce will provide the engines for the aircraft for another 200 million pounds.

India had ordered 66 of the Hawk jets in 2004 to train pilots for flying supersonic combat missions.

Cameron highlighted the recent investment in Britain made by Indian-run companies such as the car maker Tata and steel group Arcelor Mittal, but also pushed India to open up its tightly regulated domestic market.

“We want you to reduce the barriers to foreign investment in banking, insurance, defence manufacturing and legal services — and reap the benefits,” he said, adding that a new global free-trade deal was vital.

Since taking power in May, Cameron has said he wants British foreign policy to focus more on business in a bid to boost the economy as it emerges from recession facing deep budget cuts to combat record state debt.

Apart from a trip to war-torn Afghanistan last month, the visit is Cameron’s first major foray to Asia. The choice reflects India’s growing regional clout and its emergence as an investment destination to rival neighbouring China.

Bilateral trade between India and Britain was worth 11.5 billion pounds (13.7 billion euros, 17.7 billion dollars) last year.

In further comments likely to please his hosts, Cameron also backed New Delhi’s bid for a seat in the UN Security Council and heaped praise on India’s “wonderful history of democratic secularism.” Khaleej Times

The UK has a lot of interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and this sort of rhetoric does not bode well for UK-Pakistani relations.

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