London: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said he will meet British Prime Minister David Cameron at the latter’s country retreat Chequers in Buckinghamshire, and according to sources, may ‘educate’ Cameron on the suffering that terrorism has caused to his country.
Earlier reports that Zardari had snubbed and rejected an invitation to spend a night at the Buckinghamshire mansion have been denied by the Pakistan delegation.
‘The Daily Mail’ quoted sources as saying that Zardari will visit Chequers for dinner this evening and for informal talks with Cameron. Both will have formal talks on Friday.
Cameron’s controversial comment that Pakistan was not doing enough to combat terrorist activities emanating from its soil, unleashed fury in Pakistan and angered some members of Britain’s million-strong British Pakistani community.
Pakistanis are demanding that Zardari, who is under intense pressure at home, to demonstrate his anger over Cameron’s comments.
He is already facing fierce criticism over his decision to continue his tour of Europe at a time when Pakistan has suffered devastating floods.
Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan said the president should have postponed his ‘lavish’ visit during which he has stayed at a family chateau in France and a five-star hotel in London.
Zardari will hold talks with British Home Secretary Theresa May, which are expected to include discussions about co-ordinating counter-terrorism efforts. He is also expected to meet Education Secretary, Michael Gove.