Wikileaks: Kayani wanted more drone strikes in Pakistan

Published: May 20, 2011

Cables obtained state that Kayani was requesting the US for greater drone back-up.

Newly released Wikileaks cables revealed that the US military’s drone strikes programme within Pakistan had more than just tacit acceptance of the country’s top military brass, despite public posturing to the contrary. The cables state that the country’s military was requesting the US for greater drone back-up for its own military operations as long ago as January 2008.

According to cables , the US account of Kayani’s request for “Predator coverage” does not make clear if mere air surveillance were being requested or missile-armed drones were being sought.

According to the report of the meeting sent back to Washington by Patterson, Admiral Fallon “regretted that he did not have the assets to support this request” but offered trained US Marines (known as JTACs) to coordinate air strikes for Pakistani infantry forces on ground. General Kayani “demurred” on the offer, pointing out that having US soldiers on ground “would not be politically acceptable.”

As reported earlier in The Express Tribune, WikiLeaks cables revealed that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani allowed drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan, saying they would protest the attacks in the National Assembly and then ignore them.

When Interior Minister Rehman Malik advised the US to hold off “alleged Predator attacks until after the Bajaur operation”, Gilani brushed off the remarks saying:

I don’t care if they do it as long as they get the right people. We’ll protest in the National Assembly and then ignore it.

According to a leaked cable published on NDTV, in an earlier meeting on January 9, 2008 with Codel Lieberman, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Kayani agreed that increased training and exercises with the US would be of great value, but urged that US-Pakistan military engagement remain low-key for domestic political reasons. Lieberman underscored need for Pakistan to hold free, fair elections in February.

They also discussed the need to add a humanitarian aspect to Pakistan’s counterinsurgency strategy. Kayani noted four areas in which the Army was requesting technical assistance.

A cable dated February 19, 2009 sates:

The strikes have put increasing political pressure on the Pakistani government, which has struggled to explain why it is allowing an ally to violate its sovereignty. The GOP so far has denied recent media reports alleging that the U.S. is launching the strikes from bases in Pakistan. Kayani knows full well that the strikes have been precise (creating few civilian casualties) and targeted primarily at foreign fighters in the Waziristans. He will argue, however, that they undermine his campaign plan, which is to keep the Waziristans quiet until the Army is capable of attacking Baitullah Mehsud and other militants entrenched there.

The cable states that Anne Patterson remarks that “Kayani is often direct, frank, and thoughtful. .. is an avid golfer, he is President of the Pakistan Golf Association. He smokes heavily and can be difficult to understand as he tends to mumble.

The full text of the cables can be read on Dawn.com, The Hindu and NDTV. WikiLeaks has previously released cables to other media organisations including Guardian and the New York Times.


Reader Comments (103)

  • R S JOHAR
    May 20, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Lots of denials from Pak military and govt are in the offing.Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 11:25AM

    Shame on you Kayani…..Recommend

  • Sunny Deol Pakistani
    May 20, 2011 - 11:34AM

    Army is the only well respected institution in Pakistan, the Pakistanis are proud of,..leave the Chief alone..Recommend

  • IWriteURead
    May 20, 2011 - 11:39AM

    What’s happening….behind the scene everyone stands with hand in hand and the nation is just being treated as fool masses.
    Thanks to journalism and wikileaks that we got to know about all this. Now that nation has learnt it, I guess our higher ups can take nation in confidence and explain the reasons behind all this to an extent they can share that we can understand. Dont you think so?Recommend

  • Moazzam Salim
    May 20, 2011 - 11:45AM

    Our politicians and the Men in Uniform have one face for the nation and the other for their controllers. Everybody is lying these days but their actions ultimately tell the true story. What we did with the Raymond Affair is a vivid example of this. The day before the alleged acceptance of the “Dee’t” and his acquital, the Lahore High Court had dismissed all actions against Raymond and the Government so as to facilitate this sudden turn around which we now know happed at the behest of the Men in Uniform. We are doomed to endure their lies and betrayals because the Army and the Judiciary are enjoying status of “holy cows” in our consitution. Unless and untill we alter the Constitution and the laws to make these holy cows accountable the corruption, the betrayals will continue. Recommend

  • faraz
    May 20, 2011 - 11:53AM

    This argument works only in talk shows that drones violate our sovereignty although the government has no control over those areas.

    Imran claims that militancy is due to drone attacks, and Army Chief demands drone attacks to end militancy; one these two guys is absolutely clueless.Recommend

  • zain
    May 20, 2011 - 11:55AM

    i was no surprise for me . drones attacks are not possible without Pakistan army willingness. on the other hand all blame is always put on politiciansRecommend

  • Fahad Raza
    May 20, 2011 - 11:56AM

    One word Hideous. Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 20, 2011 - 11:57AM

    GREAT!!!! I believe he should explain this LEAK and resignRecommend

  • Anwar
    May 20, 2011 - 12:01PM

    Waiting for a response from Mr. Kayani.Recommend

  • Rational Thought
    May 20, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Lets see for how many days this news item will remain on our national news websites. & how they will appear in trow news papers. I think they will be manipulated, some conspiracy masala added & the Ghairat Brigade + Imran Khan will not even bother to protest.

    Army/ISI has lied on the face of us, the pakistan people & yet question the Army / ISI means you are unpatriotic. On the other hand, the PM lies to us that there will be no further US operations in Pakistan. Jst a matter of tiem that the drones will come in calling.

    AbdulRecommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 12:19PM

    After US Navy SEALs operation in Abbottabad, the world has started pointing fingers at Pakistan, holding it responsible for being breeding ground for the terrorists. Nobody cared that (a) a sovereign country’s territories were blatantly ravaged by the superpower; (b) the blame was put on Pakistan for providing sanctuary to OBL, Zawahiri and others; (c) that America has right to conduct similar operations inside and anywhere in Pakistan. Nobody is caring that it is Pakistan that helped arrest hundreds of ALQ terrorists, and the basic information of OBL hiding in an Abbottabad house without the Pakistani authorities and security agencies knowledge, rendered a great service to the world and helped eliminate the most wanted terrorist. Despite over 35,000 sacrifices, $1trillion economic losses and social and structural deterioration, nobody is recognizing the significance, contribution and sacrifices of Pakistan.

    The question is whether we should continue to be hostage to the “friendship in disguise of a foe” i.e. the United States of America and its collaborators, or we should look for the alternates which are very much available in our own region, with close vicinity and proximity, easy to access, ready to reach, willing to stand shoulder to shoulder and compliant to your demands for defence in the air, ground and sea. There is yet another who we can look to i.e. Russia.

    At least now, our grievances are common, we both are being bitten by a common enemy. The stealth break-into, unchecked and undetected, shifts the security paradigm from our being India-centric to beyond borders, for which we have to acquire hi-tech at least parallel to the need of defending our territorial integrity and quest for survival, the quest which had in the past led us to indigenization, self reliance and self respect. In all our objects, China, despite our ‘betrayals’ and allegiance to its foe, stood by us in rain and shine. It is time to redo, review and redefine our objectives and goals, our aims and achievements, our internal and external security policies. Recommend

  • SAM
    May 20, 2011 - 12:20PM

    Kayani following the footstesps of all his predecessors has recently purchased a 100 acre estate in US. Following his retirement from the Pakistan Army, he intends to live his last days in his American sanctuary. Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Chief likes Drone attacks.

    Drone attacks on TTP terrorists strong holds and its commanders.

    Elimination of TTP deep in tribal area, through normal military action, is not possible.Recommend

  • Rational Thought
    May 20, 2011 - 12:35PM

    Let`s see how long this news item remains on your website & how this news is reported in the Urdu Press. The Army/ISI will exert pressure to take it off and the urdu press along with some english newspapers will add some conspiracy theories.

    The Politicians/Army/ISI is/was/never will be truthful to Pakistan.Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 12:35PM

    “Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani allowed drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan, saying they would protest the attacks in the National Assembly and then ignore them.”

    Atleast one thing is proven that it is PM Gilani and Not Musharaff who has allowed these DRONE attacks into Pakistan Territory.

    Thanks to Wikilieaks – - – - Keep it up and exposed PPP and PML-N – we would like to hear more – - – -Recommend

  • dude
    May 20, 2011 - 12:39PM

    I don’t care if they do it as long as they get the right people. We’ll protest in the National Assembly and then ignore it.–>you did this during 1971 and you continue to do it even now. Killing / Betraying your own people.Recommend

  • amir
    May 20, 2011 - 12:47PM

    “Well Done” all nation slute uuuuuuRecommend

  • saleem khan
    May 20, 2011 - 12:57PM

    Yes, we love These Khaki Men. Let’s see what Imran Khan do in his Dharna tomorrow now!Recommend

  • Nabeel
    May 20, 2011 - 12:58PM

    It’s amazing how all the anti-military actions have started once again post-Abbottabad, especially when the neo-cons haven’t been able to get us (the people) to arise against our own armed forces…

    Something doesn’t smell right! Gilani/Zardari said this and was revealed long ago, the military shows anger act US violation and THEN the leaks occur – LOL!

    Definitely should have left the finer points, PR or diplomacy (whatever you might call it) to the UK; it’s not a US strong point!Recommend

  • zain
    May 20, 2011 - 12:59PM

    this is no surprise for me . Pakistan army is equally responsible for drone attacks Recommend

  • dextor
    May 20, 2011 - 1:10PM

    Mr Kiyani…its time to say somehting…please speak now….Recommend

  • Abdul
    May 20, 2011 - 1:12PM

    Lets see how long with Article will remain on the website and how the Urdu Media will manipulate this item in trow`s newspapers.

    Can Tribune contact Imran Khan to find out what`s his take? Will he protest now against the Army? Recommend

  • saleem khan
    May 20, 2011 - 1:20PM

    @Nabeel: If this leaks was against Zardari, then you would be more than happy to share and like it. Please get up now, as we all know that Army is no sacred cow! in fact they are the real!!!Recommend

  • Daood
    May 20, 2011 - 1:21PM

    A nation of hypocrites.Recommend

  • A Khan
    May 20, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Mr Kiyani the Salhudin Ayubi of our era is equally involved in the great debacle of our country, He is another General Yahya in the making, lets hope he will not disintegrate the motherland further.

    Surprisingly what we are finding is there is no left or right wing in Pakistan, its more like everything goes. Islam, Seclarism, Communism and Capitalism all welcome as long as it will keep us all fair weather friends (Politicians, Generals & Bureaucrats) together.Recommend

  • fed up
    May 20, 2011 - 1:25PM

    hey the 4get to mention Pasha’s name………..this LEAK is WEAK…….Recommend

  • faraz raza
    May 20, 2011 - 2:04PM

    We have no one… No political leadrship ……. no sound safeguarding army
    Pakistan is only a mere peace of land nowRecommend

  • Aryabhat
    May 20, 2011 - 2:11PM

    OK, If Gen Kayani approved then he should be facilitated. And I am serious.

    For the first time there is a clear evidence that Gen Kayani was serious about eliminating Terrorism! Everyone who was accusing Pak Army to be double dealing should now stand up and appreciate Gen Kayani!

    It is better to use Drones at American expense then waste Pak Army boys in a hostile terrain!

    Time to get real Guys! Hate to admit but I find Gen Kayani on the right side this time!Recommend

  • Omar Haroon
    May 20, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Not surprising considering the drone strategy made sense tactically speaking for the khakis. They would have not been able to carry out operations in those areas with such finesse and low casualties as the drones have been able to so far; and I doubt they had the resources to pull them off. However, that doesn’t mean that I approve of the fact that the khakis chose to keep this a secret from the general population. God knows what else they’ve been hiding.Recommend

  • Muhammad Awais
    May 20, 2011 - 2:22PM

    Why this cable has been exposed when the army was already being criticised for its failure to avert OBL operation?
    This recent cable has made WikiLeaks doubtful. it seems that some pro-US forces are behind WikiLeaks. they want their own people in the anti-US camp. An old jewish game.Recommend

  • Has
    May 20, 2011 - 2:23PM

    Kindly please explain killer Kiyani. Its true you are sold out. Sure you must be having several bank accounts in Investment banks in usa.Recommend

  • S. H. Zaidi
    May 20, 2011 - 2:32PM

    General Kayani succeeded Musharraf only after clearance from Washington.
    After so many experiences and so many leaks, Wiki or otherwise, it should have been clear by now that the only thing that does not change in Pakistani governments’ policies and the Pakistani elite’s thinking is their subservience to the US, euphemistically called ‘cooperation.’ When the Soviet military came to Afghanistan, the then military ruler served as a tool in the hands of US government and a jihad or holy war was initiated against the Soviets. When the same elements started their struggle against the US, the Pakistani elite establishment took a U-turn and joined the American side. So in both cases they joined the US side, that is the common factor in the two ‘wars.’
    Their cooperation would continue, though their public posturing may change from time to time. Gilani was foolhardy enough to put it in so many words. Others, more subtle than him, continue as US stooges but try to pose otherwise.
    Even Musharraf, the man who handed over four military brass to the US after 9/11, tried to hide it in the term ‘logistic support.’ Now he has no qualms of conscience when he claims that he did not do so.
    After the in camera session, something even more ludicrous came to light: that Pakistan has no control over the Shamsie airbase which is ‘under the control’ of the great military power of the Gulf known as the United Arab Emirates!! Long live the Pakistani elite ruling classes, composed of the military, the civilian politicians (almost all of them), the mullahs and the top bureaucracy.
    The talk of stopping supplies to the NATO forces is just an eyewash. There is little likelihood of its ever taking place. Behind this lucrative business may be lurking the very top bosses, civil and military, who have the authority to stop the supplies. Recommend

  • saleem khan
    May 20, 2011 - 2:39PM

    @Muhammad Awais: Get out of this Hindu-Jewish-Christian conspiracy theories. For God sake!! Recommend

  • Faraz
    May 20, 2011 - 2:42PM

    What is the authenticity of the wikileaksRecommend

  • Chiil
    May 20, 2011 - 2:44PM

    Pakistan Army should not pose as dollar Army. All Pakistanis knew that decission to marry US was not just Musharaf’s wish, the whole army endorsed and approved this marriage for their benefit alone.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 20, 2011 - 2:48PM

    @Iftikhar-ur-Rehman:
    Can not resign. He can bear all humiliation, insult and remarks for the seat.Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 20, 2011 - 2:49PM

    Could be true or a conspiracy being hatched here. Something smells fishy here. lets not take the leaks a word from bible. Recommend

  • malik
    May 20, 2011 - 2:52PM

    Perfect timing to come out with ‘leaks’ — just when the leadership was taking anti-US stance, we have the leaks. Recommend

  • True Pakistani Patriot
    May 20, 2011 - 3:00PM

    For God sake, get out of this western media, what ever they say is accurate and what ever we do is a CRIME. Wiki leaks is not a holy book dear all.

    it has become our great dilemma of our nation that we only hear and West has put any blame and we starts seconding it.

    Be a nation and behave like a nation, Standby ourselves instead blaming ourselves……plzzzzzzzzzzRecommend

  • amal
    May 20, 2011 - 3:03PM

    land of traitors …especially Kiyani who has lost respect immensly ….Recommend

  • mjmannish
    May 20, 2011 - 3:04PM

    This wikileak cable is on NDTV. which is an Indian news channel. Even our shahid afridi said that Indian news channels are very bad. So we should not believe an Indian news channel. This news has been put to defame Pakistan Army, which those Indians fear. Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    May 20, 2011 - 3:08PM

    Kayani played his cards quite well. He allowed US to continue drone attacks in NWA but didnot conduct operations in this sector, thus protected his strategic assetsRecommend

  • ASQ
    May 20, 2011 - 3:13PM

    there is nothing much of a surprise after all major part of us aid goes to military so why wouldn’t they be doing bidding of of usa.even all COAS are appointed after getting NOC from USA.Recommend

  • Rohail
    May 20, 2011 - 3:16PM

    Drone attacks are both in Pakistan and America’s interest. They must continue!Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 3:16PM

    I want to really say that this is another maligned and nefarious campaign to defame the Pakistan Army and especially super soldier of many sacrifices General Kayani. But if this is all nefarious propoganda against the Army then can the cables that call Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Shabhaz Sharif as two faced hypocrits untrue as well? Recommend

  • Usman Khalid
    May 20, 2011 - 3:18PM

    WIKILEAKS is another propaganda machine to malign Pakistani forces… now read the link below (from indian newspaper’s archive) and look how desperately they are trying to bull forces (in a most worst way they could)… so that once nation got angry against forces, they can easily attack Pakistan. This is the time to be UNITED.

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/wikileaks-pakistani-airmen-sabotaging-f-16s-107093Recommend

  • saad
    May 20, 2011 - 3:23PM

    gen. Kayani can not do this. this is CIA propaganda using wikileaks.Recommend

  • Ozymandias
    May 20, 2011 - 3:27PM

    So what’s the big deal? I love drones!Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 3:30PM

    @Usman: Yes, Wikileaks is leaking confidential information of US policy of the entire world, out of which only 2% deal with Pakistan JUST to defame Pakistan. Recommend

  • Furqan
    May 20, 2011 - 3:34PM

    All tricks of US to fool the public and do more drone attacks.Recommend

  • Azhar Shah
    May 20, 2011 - 3:43PM

    why is everybody getting so emotional.Read the first para it states’it is still unclear whether kayani asked the drones for mere air surviellance or missile armed drones” read between the lines…first of all wikileaks isnt at all holy words and even if it is try to remain cool..its better to kill extremists by american dollars than our own boys.Plus that land is too difficult to penetrate..and atleast it shows pak army is not showing double standards..its time to be united and not follow NDTV or wikileaks and become a distorted and scrambled nation yet again.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 20, 2011 - 3:50PM

    Guys, plz dont be so stupid to say wikileaks is propaganda & conspiracy. First know what is wikileaks! It left red faces across the world & brought revolutions & most represent facts. If you are too dumb, even god cant help u.Recommend

  • dr a khan
    May 20, 2011 - 4:19PM

    what i dont understand is why do we need to interfere in other countries when our people are living a worst standard of life. What do we get by ISI supporting kashmiri ‘mujahideen’, afghan ‘mujahideen’ and destabalising INDIA or Afghanistan. They rataliate by their agencies supporting baloch separatists, TTP etc. I think ZIA was the worst enemy of pakistan who with help of maulvis killed of democracy in infancy, brought klashinkoff culture in pakistan. Their flawed islamic ideology is the basis of decline of pakistan today. We dont need jihad , our people need peace and quality of life. live and let live others in peace.Recommend

  • Naz Ebr
    May 20, 2011 - 4:35PM

    Huh, the fool nation thinks the men in uniform are angels. Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 4:42PM

    @faraz: its the timing of the wikileaks that you should ponder upon. Already what happened in Abbottabad undermined Army’s position and credibility. This is infact comes in addition to what they had already done. Moreover they do have a stooge as well working totally in tone with what US would say, Nawaz Shareef. It was said many a times, that the Pakistan army gave locations to US asking for a drone strike where Bait-ullah mehsood was, they never fired there which was clearly protecting their assets Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 5:13PM

    @Uzair: These leaks were leaked along time ago. DAWN just got access to them. Unless DAWN is also a conspiracy against Pakistan. Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 20, 2011 - 5:19PM

    Nothing wrong in it. Terrorists are our worst enemies and it makes no difference how they are killed and who kills them. During wars, Generals use deceptive tactics and this is one of them. Great work General, keep these scumbags in dark. Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    May 20, 2011 - 5:22PM

    Only complete buffoons would shout foul at the truth i.e. of course the ‘Pak’ Army’s leadership is fully on-board with the US’s military actions inside Pakistan.

    Please guys, if you can`t use commonsense, please stop thinking & posting.

    First, try to know what`s wikileaks, before posting here.

    Wikileaks is being posted underwrites from wikileaks by NDTV in India & Dawn in Pakistan. Tribune, can you please educate these people first prior to posting their comments? Recommend

  • Gul Amir
    May 20, 2011 - 5:30PM

    yes its american propaganda. our civilian and military leadership is the greatest in the world–safeguarding pakistan !!
    cmon guys grow upRecommend

  • JAMIL
    May 20, 2011 - 6:52PM

    @Sarah Farrukh:
    MISS SARAH EVEN WE CANT SAY ITS TRUE .Recommend

  • Rashed Khan
    May 20, 2011 - 7:18PM

    Reporter: What is the future of Pakistan?

    Khan Abdul Wali Khan: Ask America.Recommend

  • Romm
    May 20, 2011 - 7:42PM

    I am From North Waziristan and I am for Drone strikes because these are precise and don’t kill innocents, the way it is being projected in pakistani press and electronic Media. Punjabis sound more agitated than Pakhtoons by Drone strikes. Its funny.Recommend

  • Noor Lodi
    May 20, 2011 - 7:43PM

    I am not sure what the hoopla is about the drone strikes. It is a potent weapon that minimizes innocent deaths on both sides and have our enemies on the run. This is a great hi-precision weapon and we must continue the use of it.

    Why are we so hung-up on this sovereignty issue. It is not like we have much control there and is in the control of terrorists.

    Go drones. Take out all bad guys!Recommend

  • wajahat
    May 20, 2011 - 7:46PM

    wikileaks but always ultra does notRecommend

  • Bangash
    May 20, 2011 - 8:00PM

    I dont’ see anything wrong here.Recommend

  • Haytt
    May 20, 2011 - 8:11PM

    Wiki leaks are not reliable ,i wonder why they dnt have cables for massacre in Palestine by Israel , or any cables against ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Bosnia, Chechniya, or Kosovo Recommend

  • QB
    May 20, 2011 - 8:32PM

    Why can’t they just tell the truth to the nation. Even if they think drones are helpful, they should at least tell the truth. What a bunch of liars we have running our country. And not just simple liers, but the ones who continue to deny if even after it is given on their face. What a shame.

    Looks like once again Imran Khan is coming out clean.Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    May 20, 2011 - 8:43PM

    No wonder he was blessed with the “extra” extension in his service tenure , by order of the supremo ( you know who ) !!!.Recommend

  • Haris Siddiqui
    May 20, 2011 - 9:41PM

    Aye watan ke sajeelay generalon… saare raqbay tumhare liye hein….!!! Meanwhile you can keep killing us damn civiliansRecommend

  • Muhammad Awais
    May 20, 2011 - 10:05PM

    @saleem khan: dear Sleem Khan: if you analyse the situation around you and things happening in Pakistan, you will surely second my opinion. you see TTP announces avenging OBL killing and kills 80 innocent Pakistanis in suicide hits to take revenge. why they take revenge from Pakisanis? what is this revenge? who is TTP? dear all this is jewish game. we have to believe in it.Recommend

  • Azhar
    May 20, 2011 - 10:23PM

    By the way has sombody analysed who is getting benifited from weaki the leaks. And why the hell has weaki leaked this leak now at this crucial juncture when there are forces who wants Pakistan people to react like the people of M East.Recommend

  • Anwar Hasan
    May 20, 2011 - 10:55PM

    @ Romm: this is news for me that the drones are attacking the bad people only. You are right the Punjabis are more angry than Pashtoons. Please give more information.Recommend

  • IK
    May 20, 2011 - 11:07PM

    Busted…. nth timeRecommend

  • Romm
    May 20, 2011 - 11:24PM

    Moderator!
    I want my voice heard! Is this pakistan news group or anti Pakistan!Recommend

  • Karim S
    May 20, 2011 - 11:52PM

    A) Something makes me upset (the thought that the Pak Army is actually encouraging drone strikes)
    B) Because it makes me upset, let me think about why it can’t be true.
    C) India
    D) Now I’m no longer upset!

    A) Something makes me happy (such as a bogus, discredited video saying 9/11 was an inside job)
    B) Because it makes me happy, let me ignore all evidence against it
    C) Yay!

    In centuries to come, people will study this willing aversion to reality that inflicts an entire nation.Recommend

  • SAAwais
    May 21, 2011 - 12:16AM

    As far as Kayani’s request is concerned, I have no issues with that. Of course being the COAS he must have had his reasons behind such a request. But it’s the duplicity on the part of our army that irks me most!

    Come clean Khakis and we may have a change of heart.Recommend

  • NOOR
    May 21, 2011 - 12:24AM

    thanks to journalism and wikilaeaks that exposed these cowards who have dual personality – with one they are taking care of their personal and institutional interest in the name of national interest and other to show the alliance of common people on who they are ruling.Recommend

  • NOOR
    May 21, 2011 - 12:24AM

    thanks to journalism and wikilaeaks that exposed these peopleRecommend

  • NOOR
    May 21, 2011 - 12:35AM

    well done media – we really salute youRecommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 21, 2011 - 12:46AM

    So what is so wrong if our chief asked for drones back-up??? The main objection here is that these drones belong to US. What do we expect from drones …… should they shower flowers on those whom we openly call terrorists both local and foreign. Yes, there is also civil casualty but why these people house them in their areas????Recommend

  • ZI
    May 21, 2011 - 1:25AM

    If drone attacks are so much effective and precise to terminates extremists then why not the military and political leadership come forward and explain their point to nation. They must take nation into confidence by making it transparent. Since they are concealing it from day one which clearly indicates that collateral damage, being done by drone attacks, is quite high. Recommend

  • May 21, 2011 - 5:15AM

    Its not true I tell you! They must have misunderstood him because he “mumbles”!Recommend

  • BruteForce
    May 21, 2011 - 7:56AM

    Haha, funny to see the people question the authenticity of Wikileaks.

    They weren’t questioning its authenticity when it said that Rahul Gandhi believed Hindu Terror was a menace greater than any Jihadi one, but all of a sudden Wikileaks have become untrustworthy.

    Come on people, wake up. Read about Wikileaks if you do not know. The reason for its founder being hunted down by the US, the reason everyone believes it to be authentic, before commenting otherwise!

    The leaks are genuine and if the leaks say Kayani encouraged drone strikes, then he did encourage drone strikes. Stop adopting double standards!Recommend

  • Sajjad
    May 21, 2011 - 10:33AM

    When secret information relating to Pakistan (a third world country) cannot be leaked then how USA (a super power)’s secret information can be leaked. It is tool of media war. An other attack on Pak Army from an other field. Recommend

  • Raza
    May 21, 2011 - 10:38AM

    After abbotabad scene, we can now expect any thing from our army as well..Recommend

  • jssidhoo
    May 22, 2011 - 9:03AM

    @zahid khan: Dont look towards USA,Russia or China suggest you look to Pakistan . Pakistan is your best friend .Try IQBAL”Khudi ko kar buland itna ke har taqder se pehle
    Khuda bande se ye poche bata teri raza kia hai”Recommend

  • Shruti
    May 22, 2011 - 10:55AM

    Smart man..! He is just trying to do his job..I feel its a smart move to get around the many pressures associated with carrying out an operation in a civilian settlement..! Some amount of collateral damage will always be there..you have to keep that margin if you expect him to successfully eliminate terror outfits from Pakistani soil..!Recommend

  • Richard Ochoa
    May 22, 2011 - 11:18AM

    I recently read that Mullah Omar had been arrested weeks ago by Pakistani ISI
    What’s the true story?
    This seems like very big news yet it’s being kept from the American public, no one here is talking about it, is it true he was arrested?Recommend

  • jssidhoo
    May 22, 2011 - 1:22PM

    @Sunny Deol Pakistani: When u become the Manmohan Singh of Pakistan we will be like USA and Canada.I hope it happens in my life timeRecommend

  • jssidhoo
    May 22, 2011 - 1:26PM

    @Sunny Deol Pakistani: When u become the MANMOHAN SINGH of Pakistan we will be
    like USA and CANADA.I am 61 hope it happens in my life timeRecommend

  • prince
    May 22, 2011 - 3:02PM

    ohhhhhhh realllyy what,s the reason behind it??????Recommend

  • May 22, 2011 - 4:05PM

    This shows how ridiculous the American propaganda that the army was sheltering Osama is. Kayani is such an American stooge, there is no way that he could ever even consider going against American interests.Recommend

  • anonymous
    May 23, 2011 - 3:46AM

    @Sunny Deol Pakistani: what you are asking is absolutely bizarre. The “Chief” should be accountable to the people. In fact, every single public figure and government functionary should be accountable.

    Holding “people” accountable does not diminish the respect for any institution. In the long run, it actually increasing respect as people do not maintain silent grudges against people or institution.

    If the leaked cable is indeed factual, why can’t Kiyani own up and defend his words and actions?Recommend

  • Pak Afghan Analyst
    May 23, 2011 - 10:18PM

    Its easy for ppl to jump to conclusion without researching into historical facts and ground realities.
    All going on in central Asia is part of a long going Great Game. it was there since 15th AD between the Sino-Russian empires and then the British Raj and Russian , then the US- USSR and now between eastern and western block.
    Pakistan is the key geostratigic hotspot in this war since the incursion of Silk rout long ago.

    Lets asses it through some ground realities and on ground events:

    http://tarpley.net/2011/05/21/us-pakistan-near-open-war-chinese-ultimatum-warns-washington-against-attack/Recommend

  • Saad Anwar
    May 26, 2011 - 12:40AM

    fellow pakis…this is what the enemy wants us to believe and wants us to think,,, have some respect for the forces who have fought for us and fought in their best,,,the enemy wants to create a divide between the civil and army segments,,just like they have done in Libya, Bahrain and Egypt,,, dont be fooled…our enemy is both cunning and resourceful,,, please this is not the time for us to divide.

    to add a bit more…is our sovernieghty not hurt when the TTP attacks and bombs in the city center or when they operate against the military…I havent seen any rallies against that not have i seen any come forward when our men fall and martyred by the TTP…when our police is harrased no one comes forward for their support…if you don’t afford to come out to support in these times please i request you not to belive in the lies that we are being told by the enemy..BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, IN MEN WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR US,,, AND BELIEVE IN OUR ALLAH,, Insha Allah we will prevail…AMINRecommend

  • Vicram Singh
    May 26, 2011 - 3:45AM

    Webster Tarpley = Zaid HamidRecommend

  • Saqib
    May 26, 2011 - 8:38PM

    some people will even sell their own mother land
    Money rulesRecommend

  • Salman Ali
    May 27, 2011 - 4:42AM

    well we can say he wanted that…. everyone wanted something to get done….. but what they want?? who are americans??? they are not a nation… they dont have anything of themselves…. isreal is running them and remember Isreal will fall sooner.. then what are u gonna do… else Kiyani…. there are many people like him that came and vanished…. Pakistan is such a nation that except Allah, no one can even put dirty eyes on it even
    LONG LIVE PAKISTANRecommend

  • Ammar
    May 27, 2011 - 6:25AM

    these days.. i really dont know what to believe and what not to believe.. i have changed my vista into believing only in what i see from my own two eyes.. and what I dont see is something good happening to the country. the blame has been there since decades and common in all the previous governments.. Recommend

  • adam
    May 28, 2011 - 1:48AM

    then why the hell drones are not attacking daily on the hideouts of terrorists, just fews attacks not enough, if talibans attacking us, then why we not call for international help, talibans are on run and they leae those areas where Pak army chase them. They bomb cities and civilians in revenge, shame on militants. I also appreciate more drone attacks, at lest three times a day and 6 times a night, till the militants are wipped out from face of earthRecommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 11:41AM

    extremely humiliating. Recommend

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