Sadiq Khan says US foreign policy on Pakistan is damaging Britain

By Jamie Doward and Rajeev Syal
Observer.gaurdian.co.uk

Young Pakistanis ‘blame UK for drone deaths’

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, on the Andrew Marr Show on February 3 2008. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Sadiq Khan: claims the UK must distance itself from American foreign policy. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

The UK must distance itself from American foreign policy if Pakistani youths are to be prevented from growing up hating Britain, according to the government’s social cohesion minister.

The comments by Sadiq Khan, who has just returned from a fact-finding trip to Pakistan, follow the arrests of 12 men – 10 of whom were Pakistani nationals – in the north-west of England last week on suspicion of planning a terror attack. They are likely to be given short shrift from Number 10, which has been keen to ally itself to the Obama administration. Earlier this month Gordon Brown stressed the two allies were united in their fight against terrorism in Pakistan.

But Khan, London’s first Muslim MP, said the UK must differentiate itself from the US after attending meetings at universities in Pakistan. “I listened to the anger and pain over the challenges that young people growing up in Pakistan face, including the anger and frustration over US drone attacks,” he said.

The attacks by unmanned US drones have provoked fury in Pakistan, where scores of militants have been killed in the country’s remote border regions, along with innocent civilians.

“The anger and frustration at the drone attacks was huge,” Khan said. “The view they [the students] had was that the UK was somehow responsible for this. They haven’t understood this was purely a US matter. They lumped us together with the US, which to me is a poison. It demonstrates to me we have a big problem.”

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3 Responses

  1. The whole drama against the drone attacks is just a media propaganda ploy, and the British MP has volunteered to be a party to it .
    The US drone attacks are caried out, only because the Pakistani Army and the ISI are unwilling to act against the terrorists.
    Those who are suposedly angry in Pakistan must realize that you can not have it both ways, and the university students in Pakistan surely know that !

    • The idea that there were terrorists in Pakistan in the first place was propaganda. The media has convinced us that Pakistan needs US military intervention when in fact the CIA are heading up “terrorist” groups all over the Middle East. I am not saying that all terrorist groups are backed by the CIA, I’m saying that they play a large role in giving off the idea that terrorist groups do exist in Pakistan.

  2. Those in Pakistan who would argue that there are no terrorists in Pakistan, and it is an idea implanted by the Americans, are clearly on the side of the terrorists.

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