AS Chairperson of Britains Conservative Party and the minister without portfolio in David Camerons newly formed cabinet, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, 39, is the first Muslim and Briton of South Asian origin to attain this high position. NEWSWEEK PAKISTANS Nick Jackson spoke with her recently about immigration, the global war on terror, and the challenges of rooting out homegrown terrorists. Excerpts: Former prime minister Gordon Brown once said that 70 percent of all terror plots in Britain had footprints in Pakistan. Do you agree? Pakistan is going to be one of our foreign policy priorities, and its absolutely essential for our own security and success that Pakistan is secure and successful. I cannot comment on Gordon Browns approach. Clearly, [his] approach is one that I do not agree with on many, many levels. Some argue that the Tory manifesto is anti-immigration. How does this reconcile with your own personal success and history? Britain must do what is right for it as a country, and 50 years ago, when there was a need for Britain to have unskilled migrant workers, my father, and many others from Pakistan and the subcontinent, came here to make a better life for themselves, and make a better economy for Britain. But when we have five million people here on out-of-work benefits, then clearly, the initial need is to ensure that British people are encouraged to take those jobs. It would be wrong to ask people from other countries to come in. Is language testing for immigrants seeking to marry Britons necessary? It is wrong for any person to come in from overseas without speaking the language of the country youre wishing to join. Thats wrong not just for the people of this country, but also for the person whos coming to this country because they will not be able to ... be engaged in terms of employment, health, and schooling. What is Britains outlook on the global war on terror, and what will your government do differently with the US, Afghanistan, and Pakistan? The words 'global war on terror are not something we subscribe to. I think its very important when we talk about these issues that we are very specific rather than generic, and language plays such an important role in that. The prime minister [had] made clear that its important you have a relationship of mutual respect with countries whom you form alliances with to deal with issues around extremism ... Whats really important is that we ensure the Conservative government is very much seen as not subscribing to this view of a clash of civilisations. We fundamentally do not believe that there is some major conflict between Britain and the Muslim world. And I think, certainly, that my appointment has sent out a very, very strong signal that, absolutely, Britain is open, and is an inclusive and a vibrant and a tolerant society. How does your government plan to weed out some of the radicalised elements in Britains existing immigrant population? When we talk of having nearly two million Muslim immigrants in Britain, the Pakistani-origin community is the largest part of that, and 99.9 per cent are getting on with life, engaging in society here, and are actively, economically engaged. We all have people on the fringe, and its important the community itself isolates these individuals, but we have to do some very strong building in terms of integration. We have to make sure that all communities feel welcome in Britain and feel that they can play an active role. And [feel that we have to be quite clear that when we do tackle extremism, we tackle all the causes of extremism as well.