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USA var bekymret for Storbritannias en million store pakistanske kommunitet, og dens hyppige kontakt med hjemlandet. USA anså Labour for soft, og ba David Cameron foreta seg noe hvis hans parti vant valget.

Cameron forsikret at det kom han til å gjøre. De konservative var ikke like avhengig av pakistanernes stemme som Labour. Noe av det første han gjorde etter valget var å dra til India.

Cameron’s approach can now be seen prefigured in Washington’s previously secret dispatches. The London embassy reported that he and «an eager group from his frontbench» met a congressional delegation led by the Republican senator John McCain in 2008.

«Cameron … raised Pakistan, noting that 60,000 individuals travel to Pakistan from the UK each year and that this has implications for the UK’s own significant domestic ‘terror threat’.»

McCain stressed to him how worried he too was about Pakistan: «If they don’t co-operate and help us, I don’t know what we are going to do.»

On 9 April 2009, Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan,met Cameron and George Osborne in London «to urge HMG [under possible future Conservative leadership] to engage more on Pakistan».

Holbrooke pressed Cameron to help combat terrorism by capitalising on the «striking connections» between the large Pakistani community in the UK and «its home country».

«Cameron noted that most of the approximately 1 million UK citizens of Pakistani origin (mostly Punjabis and Kashmiris) living in the UK were not pro-Taliban but had been radicalised by the Iraq war and were militant over Kashmir. The Conservative party leader agreed that HMG ‘must get UK-Pakistan relations right’ and stressed the Conservatives’ commitment to this goal should they assume power.»

Cameron went on to criticise Labour’s dealing with groups such as Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the Muslim Council of Britain. «On the radicalisation of British Pakistanis, Cameron said the UK had ‘gotten it wrong domestically’ … He argued that PM [Gordon] Brown’s policy had been too willing to engage with radicalised but non-violent Muslim groups … ‘We let in some crazies,’ Cameron said, ‘and didn’t wake up soon enough.'»

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