Better understanding with US on drones, says Hina Rabbani Khar

Published: September 23, 2012

Foreign minister heads to New York to join President Zardari for UN assembly.

WASHINGTON: 

Wrapping up her first official visit to the US capital, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said she feels there is a better realisation in the US regarding the negative fallout of drone strikes in Pakistan.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference at the Embassy of Pakistan, Foreign Minister Khar said the mission had detailed and frank discussions with the members of the US administration on drones, and reiterated Pakistan’s position that they are illegal and counterproductive.

Khar said the reason they were counterproductive is that when US drones carry out strikes, Pakistani officials have to hear remarks that this is the US’ war.

Khar said she felt there was better convergence between the US and Pakistan on issues of counter-terrorism and Afghanistan.

The foreign minister also announced that in her meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday, they decided that the working groups between the US and Pakistan would meet soon.

These would include working groups on security and proliferation, law enforcement and counterterrorism, energy and water, economy, finance and trade and defense consultation.

Khar, who also met White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon on Friday, said that Pakistan wanted to play the role of a facilitator in the Afghanistan reconciliation process, adding that there was more work to be done in the future, in addition to the work done by the ‘safe passage’ working group.

Khar also said that Dr Shakil Afridi was not a hero, and that he harmed the cause of the polio eradication campaign in Pakistan.

The foreign minister and her team, along with Pakistani Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman and Pakistan Embassy officials, will now head to New York to join President Asif Ali Zardari. The president is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 25th.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2012.

Reader Comments (7)

  • Poleturtle
    Sep 23, 2012 - 2:17PM

    In other words, the US has told them that the attacks will not stop. The rest is diplomatic mumbo jumbo.

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  • Mullah kuta
    Sep 23, 2012 - 2:37PM

    Pacify Pakistan by wiping out the cancer of mullahs and extremists

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 23, 2012 - 5:50PM

    It is Pakistan who has been made to understand unquote ‘Madam we fully understand and even sympathize regarding your concerns about the drones but our stand remains unchanged that if no operations are conducted in NW, there will be no halting of drone attacks by us. Thank you for your time and have a nice journey back to Pakistan’.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 23, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Yep — the USA probably didn’t hear the first 6,789 requests to stop drone attacks — but now they really understand that your serious.

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  • gp65
    Sep 23, 2012 - 9:37PM

    “Better realisation in the US…blah blah blah”. Did they promise to stop? No. Did they promise to take permission from Pakistan before firing drone? No. So what’s going to change? Nothing.

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Sep 24, 2012 - 12:10PM

    US’ officials would never like to end/stop drones’ strikes on Pakistan and this Hina Rabbani Khar’s stance/standpoint is absolutely useless and wrongful because US’ leaders have clearly given this statement that “we shall follow and kill the terrorists any where in the world for the US’ security,US’ nationals” security and for the US’ national interests’ security”……

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Sep 24, 2012 - 12:10PM

    US’ officials would never like to end/stop drones’ strikes on Pakistan and this Hina Rabbani Khar’s stance/standpoint is absolutely useless and wrongful because US’ leaders have clearly given this statement that “we shall follow and kill the terrorists any where in the world for the US’ security,US’ nationals” security and for the US’ national interests’ security”……Recommend

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