By Jason Theodorou

The Pakistan government has summoned Britain's High Commissioner for talks, as a diplomatic dispute over critical comments from Prime Minister David Cameron intensified. Cameron offended Pakistan last week when he said that Islamabad 'could not look both ways' when addressing the issue of terrorism.

Adam Thomson was called to meet foreign minister Shah Mehmood Quershi to address the concerns of Pakistan, in advance of President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to the UK. He has been urged to cancel the meeting by some Pakistani political figures.

Mr. Zardari will meet Mr. Cameron at Chequers on Friday. Downing Street said that Mr. Cameron would not revoke comments he made about Pakistan promoting 'the export of terror', and said that he was not willing to apologise and stood by the comments. Shadow Foreign Secretary David Miliband has criticised Mr. Cameron for not recognising Pakistan's losses due to terrorism.

Qamar Zaman Kaira, information minister for Pakistan, said that Mr. Zardari would strive to correct Mr. Cameron's 'misperception' when they met during his five day trip to the UK.


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