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Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. -File Photo
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. -File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday demanded an end to US drone attacks in Pakistan in a meeting with the United States Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson in Islamabad, DawnNews reported.

The Pakistani prime minister’s call against the covert CIA drone campaign comes the same day a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fired missiles at a compound in North Waziristan, killing at least three suspected militants.

US-Pakistan bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting, sources said.

According to the sources, PM Ashraf expressed his concerns regarding the drone attacks and said that the attacks were harmful and ineffective. He demanded that the US end its drone attacks on Pakistani soil.

He further said that alternative methods should be used to eliminate terrorism.

He also said that Pakistan was fighting to eliminate terrorism from its soil and would not rest unless it had been successful.

US Ambassador Olson took note of the concerns put forward by PM Ashraf and assured him that US authorities would be informed about their concerns.

Olson added that the US valued the sacrifices made be Pakistani public. He also said that US aimed to have long-term bilateral relations based on mutual respect with Pakistan.

The covert US attacks are believed to be unpopular in Pakistan, where the government has also criticised them as a violation of its sovereignty, but American officials believe they are a vital weapon against extremist Taliban and al Qaeda militants launching attacks in Afghanistan.

Comments (5) Closed

Ragu Dec 06, 2012 11:25am
Pakistan never says what it will do in return about militants operating from its territory or why it still seems to support few of them. Address the root causes and drones become needless. As long as others are getting killed by Pakistani militancy, the defensive response through drones is justified.
Eyes Wide Shut Dec 06, 2012 11:41am
So this card was saved for the elections, eh?
Muhammad Dec 06, 2012 12:53pm
I agree. Drones is the only action effective to control the militancy at this time. Pakistan government is neither able nor willing to do any thing. Forget about sovereignty; just let your partner help you.
Najam A. Najmi Dec 06, 2012 01:17pm
What a joke, why Pakistani Air Force doesn't protect airspace? Are you expecting America to send an F16 to fight off the Drones? Only people sitting in foreign powers' pocket gave such statements. Nobody dares doing it in USA knowing the reaction. If you are weak don't blame or cry at the doors of others. USA protects its own interest and you sell yours, henceforth lost the right to make demands.
Jag Dec 06, 2012 03:10pm
why can't the PAF shoot down the Drones ? I thought the PAF was the best air force in the world and Pakistan is one of the most powerful countries in the world.