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On air: Is it time for Pakistan to choose which side it's on

Claudia Bradshaw Claudia Bradshaw | 13:34 UK time, Thursday, 29 July 2010

David Cameron in India

Pakistan has been accused of exporting terror by the British Prime Minister David Cameron. During a visit to India he said,

we cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror, whether to India or whether to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world.

And he's been backed up by the US. While acknowledging Pakistan has done more to combat militants during the past year, State Department spokesman P J Crowley said 'there is clearly more to be done'.

But the Pakistani High Commissioner to Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, says:

One would have wished that the prime minister would have considered Pakistan's enormous role in the war on terror and the sacrifices it has rendered since 9/11

He goes on to say that any suggestion that Pakistan isn't committed to helping the west, is little more than a media storm.

So is David Cameron right? Has he exposed the truth about Pakistan? Or are the country's efforts to tackle terrorism under appreciated?

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has suggested that the West won't target the Pakistan Taliban. Asked about Pakistan's alleged support for the Taliban, he suggested the West could strike, adding:

"The question now is why they are not taking action?"

Pakistan is in a vulnerable position, surrounded by potential enemies. Is it only fair that it keeps both the US and the Taliban on side, to protect it's own interests? Or is it time for Pakistan to stand up to the West? Or the Taliban?

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