Pakistan's High Commission has rebuked Attorney General Dominic Grieve for his "negative and divisive " comments about corruption in some ethnic minority communities.
The Attorney General has apologised after apparently suggesting to a newspaper that corruption is rife in Britain's Pakistani community.
Ever since the publication of this interview, the High Commission has been approached by thousands of diaspora members who have expressed their disgust towards these remarks by a senior Tory politician.
The High Commission for Pakistan to the UK finds these remarks by Mr Grieve MP ... totally unfounded towards the strong Pakistani diaspora in the UK that contributes nearly £30 billion to the British GDP and is in the forefront of efforts for cementing inter-faith and multi-ethnic harmony in a country home to millions of people of diverse backgrounds.
The Government's most senior law officer has apologised for any offence caused by remarks about corruption in Britain's Pakistani community.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve said in a statement: "If I gave the impression that there is a particular problem in the Pakistani community, I was wrong.
"It is not my view. I believe the Pakistani community has enriched this country a great deal as I know full well from my extensive contact with the community over a number of years. I'm sorry if I have caused any offence."
Tory MEP Sajjad Karim has hit out at the Attorney General Dominic Grieve describing his comments as "offensive," "divisive" and "ill-advised".
If Dominic has got any individual specific points he wants to make in relation to voter fraud or anything of that nature that's quite a separate issue and can be looked at.
But to try and generalise in this way and to paint all British Pakistani community members in a certain light, I'm afraid that is simply something that cannot be ignored and it is certainly not something that the British public at large will accept from Dominic at all.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve has released a full statement clarifying his comments on the risks of corruption within ethnic communities:
I am very clear that integration between ethnic communities in the United Kingdom has worked well and has delivered great benefits for all of us. This is a point I clearly made in my interview with theTelegraph, and I'm disappointed that this has not been reflected in their frontpage story.
The point I was making is that, as a law officer, it's my duty to ensure the rule of law is upheld, and one of the issues that I feel requires close attention is any potential for a rise in corruption to undermine civil society. I believe this is an issue which needs to be addressed calmly and rationally.
I am absolutely clear that this problem is not attributable to any one community, as I know very well from my many years promoting community cohesion.
Conservative MEP Sajjad H Karim has said that comments made by the Government's senior law officer Dominic Grieve are "deeply offensive," after he told The Daily Telegraph that Britain has a problem of minority communities where "corruption is endemic".
Mr Karim added: "Dominic Grieve [is] appealing irresponsibly to populist sentiment. Comments not based on fact. Divide and Rule days gone".
Attorney General Dominic Grieve has denied the comments he made to a newspaper about the "growing problem" of "endemic corruption" in ethnic minority communities were focused on British Pakistanis
Writing on Twitter following his interview in the The Daily Telegraph, the Tory MP said he was "clear that integration between ethnic communities has worked well and has benefits for all" and said he was disappointed this view was not reflected in their front page story.
"The problem I describe is not attributable to any one community as I know from my many years promoting community cohesion," he added.