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    Pakistan protests over president's UK visit


    by ODN


    Pakistan's president is set to arrive in Europe for a tour taking in the UK, amid tensions over David Cameron's comments about alleged Pakistani terror links.

    Protestors in Pakistan burnt an effigy of the British Prime Minister as calls increased for Asif Ali Zardari to cancel his trip. But Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira say they expect "fruitful" talks between the President and Mr Cameron.

    The prime minister of Pakistan hit back at David Cameron's claim that elements in the country were "exporting terror", suggesting the remark was particularly galling because it was made during a visit to regional rival India.

    Yousaf Raza Gilani said Mr Cameron also failed to mention the situation in Kashmir which has been a source of conflict between Pakistan and India since 1947.

    Mr Cameron's comment - made during last week's visit to India - sparked fury in Pakistan whose intelligence agency cancelled talks with British security officials in protest.

    Describing Mr Cameron's statement as "a misperception", Mr Kaira said Mr Zardari would use the opportunity to "explain the facts" to the PM during talks at Chequers on Friday.

    "If the Prime Minister of the UK has said something that is contrary to the facts on the ground, it doesn't mean that we should boycott each other," said Mr Kaira at a press conference in London.

    Pakistan was currently "the biggest victim of terror" and had lost 2,700 soldiers in military offensives against militants in the north-west frontier area bordering Afghanistan, he said.