Consistent behavior: in 2005, Jack Straw asserted that if Europe did not allow Turkey into the EU, the Turks could get rowdy; here he is three years later insisting that both the UK and US should appease the ever duplicitous Pakistan, lest it get rowdy?
“UK does not support US attacks in Pakistan,” from the Daily Times, Pakistan, September 16 :
LAHORE: The United Kingdom does not support foreing strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Dawn News quoted UK Secretary for Justice Jack Straw on Monday.
In a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore, Straw reiterated the UK”s commitment to stop cross-border movement of terrorists and attacks by US led forces in Pakistan, the channel said. It said Straw’s statement was in contrast with an earlier statement by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown backing US incursions into Pakistan. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told the media after the meeting that Straw had also pledged his country”s support to Pakistan to improve law and order.
Security: The UK secretary for justice told the CM that Pakistan’s security was vital for Britain. Straw also met Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan at Punjab Club. Aitzaz did not give details of the meeting to the media. After his meeting with Aitzaz, Straw left for Islamabad for a meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani on Tuesday.