London UK, 28th July 2010 – David Cameron’s vilification of Pakistan during his current visit to India is an attempt to maintain pressure on Pakistan in the face of NATO’s defeat in Afghanistan, as well as unashamed soliciting for desperately needed business contracts.
Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain said, “British Prime Minister David Cameron has rightly been condemned for slandering Pakistan when he said Pakistan should not be allowed ‘to promote the export of terror’”.
“In doing so, he is stoking public opinion against Pakistan so that he can justify Britain’s presence in the region as part of the bloody NATO occupation; as well as to add pressure on Pakistan to do more to assist NATO in the region.”
“Furthermore, it is part of his shameless attempt to solicit for British business, closing the deal on contracts including a defence contract for Hawk jets worth £500 million.”
“With regards to the first issue, he conveniently overlooked the fact that ‘terror’ came to the Pakistan after the US-UK led invasion in 2001; he conveniently overlooks India’s shameless sponsoring of terror in Baluchistan, and elsewhere in Pakistan; he conveniently overlooks NATO’s terror, including a recent a rocket attack in Helmand that killed 52 civilians; he conveniently overlooks the fact that India’s biggest terror problem is from its own failure to bring harmony amongst its diverse population, not least from separatists and Maoists who have nothing to do with Islam; or that India’s past Prime Ministers were assassinated by Tamil and Sikh militants.”
“India is playing a dangerously reckless game in Afghanistan, having dozens of ‘consular’ offices in Afghanistan – on the border region with Pakistan – when there is hardly an exodus of people planning tourism in Pakistan. This is in addition to the numerous intelligence offices she has in Afghanistan.”
“By ignoring all this, as well as aiding India with nuclear technology when it has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the British government has not merely confirmed its principle that foreign policy should be framed through the lens of business interests (something that is always the case with capitalist states), it shows the humiliating lengths the British government will go to for money.”
“Britain is desperate to increase inward trade investment to produce jobs to offset its savage public sector cuts which will bite over the coming months. Cameron has flown around the world telling every state what it wants to hear – flattering India, Turkey and the United States – and even making a 180 degree U-turn from the comments he previously made about Gaza in front of pro-Israeli audiences when he was trying to win votes ahead of the UK elections in May 2010.”
“He is acutely aware that India is trying to build stronger links with the United States to offset its relationship with Pakistan, and will try to manoeuvre such that Britain does not lose out.”
“The quicker the UK and US are out of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the quicker Pakistan can be rid of terrorism and instability. The only path for Pakistan now is to remove theWestern backed ruling elites in Pakistan and establish an independent Islamic government that will restore security and stability to the country.”