London, Aug.3 (ANI): The August 6 meeting between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari with British Prime Minister David Cameron is likely to escalate the on going tussle between the two countries, as a Pakistani official has revealed that Zardari has made up his mind to do some straight talking during the ‘showdown’ conference.
A Pakistani official, who refused to be identified, said that Zardari is likely to respond to Cameron’s “exporting terrorism” jibe at Pakistan, which he made during his recent India trip.
“David Cameron has been doing some plain talking. Now Zardari will be doing the plain talking. We have to tell him (Cameron) what the reality is, to educate him about what we have suffered, and that if we are not supported at this time, how things will get worse,” The Guardian quoted the Pakistani official, as saying.
The official said Zardari would press Cameron to be “more forthright in supporting democracy in Pakistan and more careful in countries like India, which he described as very hostile.
During his tour to IT city Bengaluru last week, Cameron had accused Islamabad of looking “both ways” in receiving billions of dollars in aid from Western nations while continuing to “promote the export of terror”, and the senior Pakistani official said that it showed the “inexperience” of the British leadership.
“Cameron was enamoured by so-called Indian democracy and attractive markets – he was suckered by the Indians,” the official said.
Despite Pakistan’s strong objections, 10 Downing Street has made it clear that Cameron would not apologise for his remarks and would reiterate the view during his meeting with Zardari this Friday.
“Friday”s meeting will be a good opportunity to discuss further what action is being taken by Pakistan (against extremists),” a British government’s spokeswoman said.
It is believed that Islamabad’s strong reaction against Cameron’s tirade was particularly because of the British Prime Minister’s choice of location (India) to air his criticism. (ANI)