British PM Cameron to visit Pakistan

Published: April 4, 2011
Cameron accepted an invitation in August last year to visit Islamabad, agreed to a yearly summit to strengthen ties. PHOTO: AFP

Cameron accepted an invitation in August last year to visit Islamabad, agreed to a yearly summit to strengthen ties. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has announced on Tuesday that British Prime Minister David Cameron would make his first visit to the country since taking office nearly a year ago.

Cameron’s visit comes nine months after he sailed into a diplomatic row with Pakistan over remarks he made in the country’s arch rival India last July that elements in the Muslim majority country were promoting the “export of terror”.

The Pakistani foreign ministry confirmed Cameron is to arrive in Islamabad for a one-day visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani,.

“Pakistan attaches considerable importance to the British prime minister’s visit and to the close cooperative relationship with the United Kingdom,” said the foreign ministry in a statement.

After the damaging diplomatic row, Cameron and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari put on a show of unity after talks in London last August, describing the bond between Pakistan and the former colonial power as unbreakable.

Cameron at that time accepted an invitation to visit Islamabad and agreed to a yearly summit to strengthen ties.

But Zardari later admitted that Cameron’s comments had hurt him, not least because his wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, had been assassinated in a gun and suicide attack in 2007.

Earlier this year, the Cameron government moved to ban the Pakistani Taliban, making membership a criminal offence and rendering illegal any attempts to raise money for the group in the country.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:43PM

    Now why would he want to do that? Perhaps to lecture Gillani & co to good governance and to get real with the war of terror, more action and less words !!!
    Not a major trip as its only for day, obviously does’nt trust to sleep overnight in the country!!!Recommend

  • kumar
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:04PM

    we want him to talk about Hafeez saeed who is openly roaming aroun in lahore!
    if British prime minister wants to sell their goods to india,we indians certainly want him to force pakistan to give dawood ibrahim,hafeez saeed and lakhbi!!Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:53PM

    We welcome you Mr. David Cameron. Kindly bring with you the list of all wealth which our politicians and holy cows are holding in your country. Anyhow it will be a real treat to see our elite waging their tails around you because your country is a Safe Heaven for them. I am sure your trip will be very fruitful, so good luck.Recommend

  • Alick
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:01PM

    We should ask him to put pressure on Indian and their brutal army to stop killings innocent Kashmiris.Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 4, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Perhaps he might want to have a short talk about exporting weapons to countries with appalling human rights abuses, namely India, viv-a-vis Kashmir!Recommend

  • Hamad
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:49AM

    welcome to third world Mr Cameron. Please help us to excel in World. You country has strong terdations in Research and education. Please give more education excess to Pakistani students to understand your way to get devloped. Recommend

  • kumar
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:04AM

    Pakistan will only ask him for aid and pounds to save its economy!

    I am sure that the pm will reiterate failure of multi cultural society in uk.
    Britain is second largest donor to pakistan with no return,(280 million pound which will accelerate to 500 million poung in 2014).

    All they want from ISI the terror agency is to get hold of the radical pakistani muslims in england who come to pakistan to take training!!Recommend

  • rg
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:41AM

    That’s right. After all, he could start giving weapons for free instead to Pakistan, which has a FANTASTIC human right record and AMAZING freedoms including the freedom to practice any religion without fear. Allah AkbarRecommend

  • rg
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:46AM

    Yes. After all, our wonderful and great Pakistani army is the best in the world. There do not practice any kind of brutality at all. They are the paragons of virtue and the keepers of the nation and the best and truest faith. They should be asked to give the Indians lessons on how to treat people. Just look at their fantastic record in Baluchistan. It compares so well with any other army in the world. And remember the great work they did in East Pakistan with the population there. Recommend

  • LOL
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:58AM

    @ Ali and Alick – LOL. Seriously guys. We Indians realize our record on Kashmir is not something we are proud of. The Government of India has to do a lot better but it’s laughable to think the Government of Pakistan has any high ground to lecture anyone about human rights abuses when it has government-mandated discrimination against Christians, Hindus, Ahmadhis, etc.

    Give it a break. Fix your own problems. We’ve got our own to fix but we don’t always point the finger at Pakistan. Recommend

  • Apr 5, 2011 - 6:20AM

    We should ask him to put pressure on Indian and their brutal army to stop killings innocent Kashmiris.Recommend

  • Krow Trams
    Apr 5, 2011 - 6:56AM

    We should ask him to put pressure on Pakistan and their brutal army to stop killings innocent baloochRecommend

  • pl/sql
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:05AM

    @Alick get over India and its Kashmir mate! You are not gonna get it.
    Better rehearse this dialogue: “Allah ke naam pe de de baba!”
    You’ll need it when the British PM comes to Pakistan.Recommend

  • chandran
    Apr 5, 2011 - 8:56AM

    ask him to extradite mushraff and it is the best chance for pakisthan
    force him to sign extradition treatyRecommend

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