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Pakistan summons British envoy

2 August 2010 12:44

The Pakistani government has summoned Britain’s high commissioner over claims by Prime Minister David Cameron that Pakistan exports terror.

“The British high commissioner was summoned to foreign office today. He is in a meeting with the foreign minister,” AFP quoted a Pakistani foreign ministry official as saying.

Britain’s High Commissioner Adam Thomson responded to the summons by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday.

The developments come after Cameron accused Pakistan last week of promoting the export of terror to other countries, including India and Afghanistan.

Cameron’s remarks, which came during a recent visit to India, have sparked a diplomatic row and strained relations between the two countries.

The allegations have also prompted angry protests in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi.

The protesters insist that the harsh comments by the British premier were intended to disturb the balance of power in the region.

Cameron’s comments have led to a political row between the two governments, with Pakistani officials harshly criticizing the British premier for his “irresponsible” remarks.

Lawmakers and opposition leaders in Pakistan have called on President Asif Ali Zardari to cancel a trip to the UK over Cameron’s recent claims.

Downing Street says Cameron stands by his comments and will not apologize.

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