David Cameron's comments on terrorism in Pakistan split UK commentariat

The Prime Minister provoked outrage in Pakistan when he said Islamabad could not 'look both ways' when it came to tackling terrorism during a trip to India last week.

Controversial comments: David Cameron
Controversial comments: David Cameron
It has been reported today that Downing Street has stated that Cameron would not apologise for his comments about Pakistan promoting 'the export of terror', despite meeting with Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari later this week.
 
While Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer yesterday stated that the comment was a ‘gaffe’ and something that was not planned, today’s Times’ leader is supportive, stating ‘neither Mr Cameron nor his policies are immature.'

The Independent stated today that Cameron was right to speak out, but he must make a ‘more nuanced’ version when he meets Ali Zardari.
 
Hanover Communications managing director Charles Lewington said of his comments: 'I don't really see it as a PR move, I see it as a diplomatic position. But I think we'll see the PM say a little bit more than the previous PM might have felt able to say.
 
'He'll be a little bit more careful over some of his answers when the Pakistan president comes to meet him. Some elements of the press will support him but he needs to keep it more careful and not anger too many people around the world.'
 
Cicero Consulting director and chief corporate counsel Iain Anderson added that Cameron's comments will have been well-planned: 'David Cameron doesn't just say stuff. It's all pretty much calculated in the works. I think elements of tabloid press will be supportive. It plays into that agenda.'
 
He added: 'The broadsheets may view it with a bit more scepticism.'

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