Due to post-independence migration from Pakistan to the United Kingdom, especially during the 1950s and 1960s, between 750,000 and 1 million British people are of Pakistani descent, according to the 2001 census almost 143,000 lived in the capital, London.
On 28 July 2010 UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that Pakistan promotes the export of terrorism, which worsened the ties between the two countries. However, David Cameron and Asif Ali Zardari later met at David Cameron's country residence Chequers where both agreed to mend ties. At the meeting Cameron spoke of the "unbreakable relationship between Britain and Pakistan based on our mutual interests". While Zardari added that "Storms will come and storms will go and Pakistan and Britain will stand together and face all the difficulties with dignity". Zardari's visit was criticised by much of the Pakistani public. In December 2010, in an attempt to further mend fragile relations, Cameron proposed a state visit to Pakistan after seeing off troops in Afghanistan. His visit, however, was snubbed and rejected by Prime Minister Gillani, who said Pakistan did not want to be ‘tagged on’ to a visit to Afghanistan.