David Cameron was described as a “loud mouth” by David Miliband for his claims that Pakistan is enabling terrorism, abroad from people within its own country.
Despite the anger his comments have provoked, Cameron stood by his words saying, “Pakistan should not be allowed to promote the export of terror in the world.” He mentioned he would always talk “frankly” to Britain’s friends and insisted he had not blamed the Islamabad government for promoting terrorism.
The Prime Minister spoke in New Delhi on his second and final day of his visit to India saying, “I don’t think the British tax payer wants me to go around the world saying what people want to hear.”
Miliband quickly countered his statement saying, “There is a big difference between straight-talking and being a loud mouth.”
Although Pakistan must be more expeditious in dealing with terrorism launched from its own back yard, it is also important to remember how much they have suffered from terrorism themselves.
The prime minister insisted he was not talking about the government launching terrorist attacks, but people within Pakistan.
A furious debate followed Cameron’s statements between London and Islamabad last night when Cameron warned Pakistan could no longer “look both ways” by tolerating terrorism and demanding respect as a democracy.
After Pakistan issued an official rebuttal, Downing Street insisted the prime minister was not accusing Pakistan’s government of sponsoring terrorism. Although, a few minutes after his speech, Cameron made it clear he believes official agencies within Pakistan harbour terrorists.
Asked on the today programme if he thought Pakistan exports terrorism, Cameron said: “I choose my words very carefully. It is unacceptable for anything to happen within Pakistan that is about supporting terrorism elsewhere. It is well documented that that has been the case in the past, and we have to make sure that the Pakistan authorities are not looking two ways. They must only look one way, and that is to a democratic and stable Pakistan.”