Lahore, July 6 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said that the Pakistan Army and the ISI should stop their double game of supporting militants against India and then clamping down when pressurised to act.
Asked whether the Pakistan Army and ISI were still playing a double game – sometimes supporting the militants for use against India and clamping down on them and whether this vicious cycle has been broken, Miliband replied, “This cycle has to be stopped.”
Miliband said Pakistan’s national security was not threatened by India, but by terrorism and extremism, adding that India had better things to do as a major power than be involved in a standoff with Pakistan.
According to a private TV channel, he said the enemy was present on Pakistan’s borders and there were deep-rooted differences between its four provinces.
Britain would continue to support democratic governments in Pakistan, the Foreign Secretary added.
Commenting on radicalisation among Muslim in Britain, including social exclusion and lack of really serious efforts aimed at promoting the welfare of minorities, Miliband said, “We must show respect (the Muslims), not buy respect.”
British foreign secretary said the real causes for Muslim’s inclination towards extremism still exist and cited British businessmen doing business from Pakistan as one of the causes, The Nation reported.
Miliband said on Sunday that while India has progressed as a democracy over the past 62 years, the Pakistani society is “deeply challenged”, citing 31 years of military rule.
“We have to support a credible strong government in Pakistan,” he said on CNN’s GPS programme with Fareed Zakaria. (ANI)