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Pakistan's Zardari says 'losing war' against Taliban ahead of David Cameron meeting

Pakistan President Zardari says his country is 'losing the war' against the Taliban ahead of a key meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who took Zardari's government to task recently for supporting militants in Afghanistan and India.

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, 2nd right, is accompanied by his son Bilawal, striped shirt, and daughter, Asifa, left, when they arrived at London's Heathrow Airport, Tuesday. Zardari is set to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday. The talks have been overshadowed by Cameron's remarks last week that Pakistan had looked two ways in dealing with terrorists.

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What was intended by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari as a quiet five-day trip to Britain has become a glaring international spectacle for the president, whose country is in the throes of an epic flood and an epic war.

But the trip has changed for a flood of reasons: Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron, while visiting India, implied that Pakistan was playing a duplicitous game, that it “exports” terror to India and Afghanistan. The remarks caused a huge row in the south Asian state.

Zardari arrives in the UK today amid palpable anger at home over leaving when he could be directing emergency flood relief and consoling victims. The Taliban war has grown hotter inside and outside Pakistan – and a flood of recent WikiLeaks documents purporting covert support by Pakistan for the Taliban are likely to dog the prime minister and his team. The crisis in Kashmir has turned suddenly ugly, and yesterday a leading political ally of Zardari’s People’s Party in Karachi was assassinated.

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