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ISPR denies Army Chief asked US for drone help

May 20, 2011

Picture shows Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States, Admiral Michael Mullen with Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at General Headquarters. – APP (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of ISPR on Friday rejected a report published on 20 May 2011 captioned “Army Chief wanted more drone support in year 2008,” DawnNews reported.

The spokesman said that in the past, there has only been sharing of technical intelligence in some areas. No armed drone attack support has ever been asked for operations which have been conducted using own resources, he stated.

He further clarified that during the Swat-Malakand Operation Rah-e-Rast in 2008-09, and South Waziristan Agency operation Rah-e-Nijat in 2009-10, outside technical support was not even asked for. These operations were jointly conducted by Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force, the spokesman concluded.