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British keep a wary eye on Pakistan

They are two countries thousands of miles apart, but the ties that bind Britain and Pakistan are stronger than most. History, empire, trade, immigration, literature, even cricket: the traffic – commercial, human, and cultural – between the two has strengthened every decade since Pakistan was carved out of British India in 1947. But in the wake of the London bombings, these ties are coming under enormous strain. In Britain, there is frustration and helplessness over the suspicion that a former colony could be serving as a school for would-be terrorists. In Pakistan, meanwhile, there is indignation and resentment at being blamed for acts committed by Britons in Britain. Beneath it all lurk some of the racial and cultural misunderstandings left over from the colonial era. Full Story

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