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Pakistan cancels intelligence experts visit to UK

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 31, IRNA -- Pakistan has cancelled visit of its senior intelligence experts to Britain over remarks of British Prime Minister David Cameron who accused Islamabad of exporting terrorism around globe, reports said Friday.

Cameron, speaking in the Indian city of Bangalore on Wednesday, also accused Islamabad of having links with terrorist groups, noting that the Pakistani Government was guilty of double dealing by both making an alliance with the West and helping terror groups inside Pakistani territory.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani warned on Thursday that such statements can harm the on-going anti-terror cooperation and the Foreign Ministry said Islamabad is saddened by Cameron’s remarks.

A team of the counter-terrorism experts of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was scheduled to visit Britain this week but the visit was cancelled as protest against Cameron’s anti-Pakistan statements in India, Dawn TV reported.

There was no official word on the report.

The ISI experts were to hold talks with senior British intelligence officials over bilateral cooperation, the report said.

Dawn reported that cancellation of the visit may harm bilateral cooperation of intelligence sharing.

Pakistani officials say they will raise the issue of Cameron’s remarks at diplomatic level.


End News / IRNA / News Code 1252980

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