Pakistan rejects US drone strike campaign
PAKISTAN: Pakistan said Saturday it would never allow any expansion
in the campaign of drone strikes by the United States on its territory.
The Washington Post reported Friday that the US was seeking to expand
the areas inside Pakistan where Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
unmanned aircraft - used for surveillance and to launch missile strikes
- could operate.
"As for the reported suggestion by the US to carry out drone attacks
beyond our tribal areas, Pakistan's position is very clear - we would
never allow this to happen," foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told
"The Americans should rather revisit their drone attack policy and
stop carrying out strikes in our tribal areas."
Washington has massively ramped up its drone campaign against
militants in areas near the Afghan border over the past two months, and
argues they are highly effective in the war against al-Qaeda and its
Islamist allies. But the policy is deeply unpopular among the Pakistani
public, who see military action on Pakistani soil as a breach of
national sovereignty and say some attacks have killed innocent