Britain, India Unite To Pressure Pakistan Over Terror

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Britain and India pressed Pakistan on Thursday to tackle militant groups operating from its soil as Prime Minister David Cameron wrapped up a two-day, trade-driven visit to the country. Cameron's trip, seen as test of his much-hyped business-oriented foreign policy, was engulfed from the start by the issue of extremism in South Asia after remarks he made about the "export of terror" from India's neighbour. His initial aim -- revitalising a bilateral relationship he thought had stagnated -- did win support from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, however, who said the visit had injected "new momentum" in their partnership. They agreed to try to double trade in five years and signed several relatively minor exchange agreements, but militancy in Pakistan, blamed for attacks in India and Afghanistan, dominated their final press appearance. "No one is in any doubt, least of all the Pakistani government themselves, that there has been and still are terrorist organisations ... that need to be cracked down on and eliminated," Cameron said. This was echoed by Singh, who again called on Pakistan to "honour its commitment given to us on a number of occasions that Pakistani territory will not be allowed to be used for terrorism. "Pakistan has been under intense scrutiny this week after leaked secret US military documents detailed alleged links between Pakistan's ISI intelligence services and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is also held responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which left 166 people dead and derailed a slow-moving peace process between India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars since 1947. Next week, newly-elected Cameron will host Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, with the relationship likely to have been strained by his sharp criticism of support for insurgents in Pakistan. Asked about unrest in South Asia on Wednesday, Cameron responded that Pakistan could not be permitted to "look both ways" in promoting th