Twelve Pakistani “students” plot to terrorize Britain; the latter arrests and then releases them but admonishes Pakistan; and the latter — which poses a “mortal threat” to the world — is “shocked,” just “shocked.” “More on this story.
“Pakistan anger at UK terror ‘slurs’,” by Vikram Dodd for the Guardian, April 25 :
Britain was yesterday plunged into a new diplomatic row with Pakistan over the arrests of 12 people accused of plotting bombing attacks on northern England.
All were this week released without charge, but a top Pakistani diplomat in London has said that Gordon Brown’s statements after the arrests a fortnight ago were shocking and had helped extremists.
In an interview with the Guardian, Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner to London, said Britain appeared vindictive against Pakistani nationals and said claims that Islamabad was soft on terror were slurs.
Brown’s statements were taken by Pakistan as a public accusation that it was not doing enough to help the UK’s fight against terrorism. Ten of those accused were Pakistani nationals who entered Britain on student visas, one is believed to be Afghani, and another is a British national granted sanctuary here after claiming persecution by the Taliban.
Durrani, a diplomat for 23 years with previous postings in Kabul and the United Nations, said: “Pointing a finger towards Pakistan was shocking for us … it was uncalled for and shocking.”…