‘US military trainers allowed, but not drones’: Report

Published: January 21, 2012

Senior Pakistani official tells Fox News that drone strikes can never return to Pakistan.

CIA’s biggest weapon in attacking militant hideouts in Pakistan’s tribal areas – drones – “can never return”, a senior Pakistani official told Fox News on Friday.

“They will never be allowed back, at Shamsi or anywhere else,” the official told Fox News on condition of anonymity. However, he added, that the US military trainers will be invited back into the country “as early as April or May” to assist the Pakistani forces in fighting against the militants.

The report also said that Pakistan will reopen Torkham and Chaman border crossings into Afghanistan to resume the Nato supplies that were earlier stopped after the November 26 Nato strike on the Salala checkpost.

“After this is presented to the Americans, a lot could happen very quickly,” the official told Fox News.

The Pak-US relationship suffered massive lows during the past year after several incidents, including the May 2 Abbottabad raid and the Raymond Davis saga, took place. Pakistan responded aggressively to the US by closing down supply routes to Nato troops in Afghanistan and closing down the Shamsi airbase that was being used for the drone attacks.

Earlier this week, Pakistan refused US special envoy Marc Grossman’s visit to the country saying that it was not prepared yet and is still reviewing its policy regarding its relationship with the US.

Pentagon spokesman Capt John Kirby told Fox News, “We understand the government of Pakistan is still working on its review of US-Pakistan relations, and we have not yet received a formal report from the government… Decisions about the level of Pakistani commitment to our military relationship are obviously theirs to make, and we respect that.”

Spokesperson US State Department Victoria Nuland, in a press briefing on Friday, also expressed that the US was not hurt by Pakistan not letting Grossman visit, rather it is willing to give space to the country’s parliament to review the relationship.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Mirza
    Jan 21, 2012 - 11:49AM

    No matter what Pakistani establishment says, the Drones would continue and so would NATO supplies. The recent Drone strikes are a living proof of that. Does it matter where the Drones come from as long as they get the job done?

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  • alicia
    Jan 21, 2012 - 11:50AM

    SO if they are not getting air bases inside Pakistan are they still going to use drones from Afghanistan?
    And I am kinda confused because I heard ansar abasi saying on a TV show that the US will crumble within one week after Pakistan stops the supply line. How come they haven’t crumbled yet?

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  • Mubashir
    Jan 21, 2012 - 12:05PM

    Sorry to bust your bubble but they already have started sir… they don’t need your permission for drones anyways. Please be honest to your own people as you are to others!Recommend

  • Xyz
    Jan 21, 2012 - 12:11PM

    give it 3 weeks and once again US drones will strike targets whilst the air force sits idle

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  • MAHER ALI
    Jan 21, 2012 - 12:22PM

    Senior Pakistani Military Sb..No Drones, s o what will you say about recent drones in past 2 weeks ???

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  • Sada drone athay chuddd....
    Jan 21, 2012 - 12:31PM

    “They will never be allowed back, at Shamsi or anywhere else,”

    Seems like he was referring to them being stationed inside Pak.

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  • Jan 21, 2012 - 12:34PM

    Winter vacations are soon over :D

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  • Ali
    Jan 21, 2012 - 12:48PM

    US has lost every war against militants. If anything, the Pakistan army has has much better record against these militants. So what are the trainers coming for? What is it the the govt. has to allow “few-a thousand” trainers that are difficult to throw out and roam about here and there killing people.

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  • Zulqarnain
    Jan 21, 2012 - 1:22PM

    @alicia: because everything is already planned, I guess!

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  • BS.Detecter
    Jan 21, 2012 - 2:46PM

    not a good news for Liberals

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  • abdulazeez
    Jan 21, 2012 - 3:03PM

    @alicia:ansar abasi graduated from ‘Zaid Hamid School of Brass Taacks’

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  • ak sheikh
    Jan 21, 2012 - 3:16PM

    This does not make any difference,drones fly from Afghanistan or any Pakistani
    air base, the only solution is that on violation of our air space they should be shot
    down as any other country would do in this situation and as Iran did recently.

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  • Ozymandias
    Jan 21, 2012 - 3:34PM

    @alicia:
    Bagram airbase in Afghanistan can be used. Also try not to listen to Ansar Abbasi

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 21, 2012 - 3:35PM

    Pakistanis are more intelligent than Americans.

    Why not Pakistanis train Americans as how to come out of its present crises.

    Our Army is more stronger than US.

    God save Pakistan.

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  • Jat
    Jan 21, 2012 - 3:36PM

    Really funny ! What a spectacle !!

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  • Rizwan
    Jan 21, 2012 - 3:46PM

    What a shame we are allowing US trainers knowing full well what they will do Raimand Davis is one example .

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  • Rana
    Jan 21, 2012 - 3:46PM

    So no drones but many Raymond Davis would be in streets.

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  • Moulay Youssef
    Jan 21, 2012 - 4:44PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    You sir, are an intellectual giant among mere larvae, such as myself. We eagerly await the moment when you demonstrate to the world that the Pakistan Army is, as you say, ‘more stronger’ than the US. Eagerly, sir, eagerly.Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Jan 21, 2012 - 5:52PM

    what’s the point of not allowing the drones back to shamsi if they are still able to operate from outside and kill our innocent people?

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  • Well Wisher
    Jan 21, 2012 - 5:56PM

    Why not send a bunch of Pakistan military officers for getting the required training from the United States. In turn, upon their return they can train others in need of training?

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  • Jadugar
    Jan 21, 2012 - 10:00PM

    Does it makes a difference, The drones strike into Pakistan should not be allowed, which the Govt. cannot stop nor can they stop the supply to Afghanistan through Pakistan, who are these people trying g to kid. Perhaps Zardari/ kayani and their band of merry men
    should take a lesson from the Iranians.

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  • let there be peace
    Jan 21, 2012 - 10:01PM

    I heard ansar abasi saying on a TV show that the US will crumble within one week after Pakistan stops the supply line. How come they haven’t crumbled yet

    That is very interesting observation. There used to be many articles how the route through Pakistan is crucial. I hope ET publishes some expert analysis about how Americans are managing their supplies even when Pakistan has closed the route.

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  • John B
    Jan 21, 2012 - 10:24PM

    So, essentially he says all things are as usual as before. What did I say , by March supply routes will be open.

    Military trainers are bonus, to my surprise. Drones, no body knows where they are coming from!

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  • Cautious
    Jan 21, 2012 - 10:26PM

    Too many articles contradicting each other – one day the NATO supply line is going to be re-opened the next day it’s up to the Parliament – and now it’s going to be re-opened again.

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  • Tahir
    Jan 21, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Why are the Americans so calm? Are they confident that the outcome in Pakistan, in one way or the other shall tilt in the US’ favour or are they already managing the outcome in concert with the power-brokers in Pakistan? Somehow, I am unable to absorb that the events and circumstances in the aftermath of Raymond Davis, May 2 and Silala Incident have overtaken the US Policy makers with respect to Pak-Afghan imbroglio. Remember the bigger picture-US focus shifted-ing towards Asia-Pacific, China, India, Extremist threat, danger of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, CARs, warm-waters, etc, etc, etc …………………………………………………….

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  • Nand
    Jan 22, 2012 - 2:15AM

    The boots are back!!

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  • nnk
    Jan 22, 2012 - 5:17AM

    @MAHER ALI:
    These drones knocked out Hakimullah Masood, for your information. Any objections to that?

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 22, 2012 - 5:36AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:

    Wow, so you say that
    “Pakistanis are more intelligent than Americans.
    Why not Pakistanis train Americans as how to come out of its present crises.Recommend

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