US-Pak ties: Fresh drone strike puts talks under cloud

Published: May 21, 2011
Drone strike kills six.

Drone strike kills six.


A US drone strike destroyed a vehicle in the North Waziristan tribal region on Friday, killing four suspected militants, local officials said.

The latest strike took place as officials from Pakistan and the US are engaged in extensive diplomacy to repair their bilateral ties which were badly damaged by the May 2 unilateral raid by US commandos in Abbottabad that had killed al Qaeda kingpin Osama bin Laden.

On Friday a US pilot-less aircraft fired two missiles in the Tappi area, 10 kilometres east of Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan, where US officials want Pakistan to launch an offensive against the Haqqani network blamed for most attacks on US-led Nato troops in Afghanistan.

“A US drone targeting a vehicle fired two missiles killing four militants,” a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Another local security official confirmed the strike and casualties, saying that identities of those killed in the attack were not immediately known.

It was the seventh attack to be reported in the tribal areas since the Abbottabad raid.

Analysts said any expectations that the CIA would abandon the drone campaign were misplaced, even if Pakistani leaders for domestic political purposes criticised the strikes.

The drone strikes inflame anti-US feeling, which heightened further after the operation against Bin Laden. The provincial Punjab government on Friday reacted strongly to the continuing drone strikes saying that it will cancel all agreements with the United States.

“The Punjab government has decided in principle to cancel four memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with the US, worth Rs20 billion, in protest against the drone strikes,” a senior provincial government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

However, US embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said there had been “no official notification” of any decision to scrap US aid projects in Punjab.

Meanwhile, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said on Friday that workers from his party – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf – would block the Karachi port, which is
important to logistical
support for the NATO force, to protest against the drone strikes.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • May 20, 2011 - 6:53PM

    I guess those radars are still not workingRecommend

  • John
    May 20, 2011 - 7:03PM

    Now who has the guts to say ” drones must stop”, after the wikileak revelation, Kayani, Gilani, or Zardari?. Recommend

  • Cautious
    May 20, 2011 - 7:17PM

    Another exclamation point on America’s position that it will not allow terrorist to seek sanctuary within Pakistan.

    Sovereignty requires responsibility – if you allow your territory to be used by terrorist who attack your neighbors and allies – then they have every right to retaliate against those terrorist.Recommend

  • Wah
    May 20, 2011 - 7:17PM

    Is it a unilateral strike or US -Pak understanding or …….Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    May 20, 2011 - 7:44PM

    Munni (ISI) badnaam huwi, Daarling (USA=$) there liye.. .. . . .. . .. . Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    May 20, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Headline on Tribune:
    “Wikileaks: Kayani wanted more drone strikes in Pakistan”
    & Right above, another headline on Tribune:
    Drone strike kills six in North Waziristan

    funny, right.. But many Conspiracy theorists still wont believe wikileaks. Great Irony.Recommend

  • san
    May 20, 2011 - 8:00PM

    our army and politicians can do anything for dollars..Recommend

  • ether hunt
    May 20, 2011 - 8:30PM

    i also condemns the drone attack along with kiyani and gilani..:PRecommend

  • Ahmed
    May 20, 2011 - 8:31PM

    Stop the chest thumping. These Taliban represent the philosphy of dark ages.They kill, kidnap and behead people. They have no respect for humanity. It is the barbaric Af-pak culture which has no respect for females.
    Whoever takes care of them our are friends. These Taliban have no friends. they will kill anyone if it benefits them. They are nothing but cold blooded killers.

    I think the whole nation of Paksitan should get together, March into North waziristan and eliminate them. and then have peace with India and work hard to develop Pakistan.Recommend

  • QB
    May 20, 2011 - 8:34PM

    All signs that it is US-Pak understanding.Recommend

  • Noor Nabi
    May 20, 2011 - 8:55PM

    The Air Force said that it would shoot down the drone if ordered by the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister give such an order or is he, like the rest, full of hot air?Recommend

  • Jehanzeb Khan
    May 20, 2011 - 9:22PM

    ‘Parliamentary resolution’,daily droned !! Courtesy- MQM,its referendum,PPP-Zardari,ANP,MLQ and MNS ‘mumafti kanda’ for three years to this coalition cartel .Recommend

  • Shaukatpk62
    May 20, 2011 - 10:36PM

    Actually this kind of culture like taliban, alqaida, and mostly pakhtoons if i’m not wrong have no moral ethics nor any sympathy with mankind. If you wanna see proof then please visit their area in peshawar or quetta and mostly in rural areas these people have prolonged enmity between themselves which causes killing of people now a days. Govt of pakistan is also prudent to punish them as they dont accept any government especially in fata region. You will see even children armed with guns and pistols. They have no value of life. And we have also experienced that most wanted criminals covered in that area by these people. Now choice is your’s whether you wanna keep this culture which is root cause of govt safety voilation or want a progressive pakistan. Recommend

  • May 20, 2011 - 10:47PM

    Its very good to have continuous drone strikes to eliminate the roots of culture (ALQAIDA, TALIBAN, OTHER JIHADI FISADI ORG) that not only cover criminals but also propagate them to cause disturbance in the country. If you go through these areas you will see childrens armed in most of the region. Govt and law has no access to these areas as they decide their laws themselves. Now do you wanna see a progressive pakistan or some thing else….Recommend

  • Hafsa
    May 21, 2011 - 12:21AM

    @Ahmed: ‘It is the barbaric Af-pak culture which has no respect for females’. Not true. Its certainly not regional culture, nor is it Afghan culture. Its the Taliban culture & its ideology can be traced to Mulla-Military alliance in Pakistan. Pakistan needs to stop treating its poor,uneducated youth as strategic assets & drop its foreign policy that relies on militant groups. Only then would it be able to take a firm action against militants.Recommend

  • salman
    May 21, 2011 - 4:17AM

    how to stop all madarsah in pakistanRecommend

  • J Oberoi
    May 21, 2011 - 7:17AM

    What happened to the Joint Parliamentary Statement against Drone Attacks? I believe they issued an ultimatum in the joint declaration. Will military action be taken against the US?Recommend

  • Molvi_whisky
    May 21, 2011 - 11:18PM

    Good that US won’t stop. Instead of fake protests, Zardari and Geelani must deliver their promise “block NATO supplies” and then fly to neighbouring countries Tadjikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkeministan asking them to not let NATO pass. The only route left is Dubai. Let’s see how they deliver petroleum by air. In fact, America never meant to quit Afghanistan like in the case of Iraq they had built numerous military bases to protect Iraq-Isral gas pipeline.Recommend

  • HMz
    May 22, 2011 - 5:54PM

    Looks like you need to correct your analytical abilities!!Suspected militants are not terrorists and secondly pakistan should have an alliance with the tribal elders and then as a result alienate any insurgents rather than relying on some other force to do our work.America is doing its bit to protect its citizens who are 10K km away..Think what are we doing to protect our citizens??bombing them and ppl like u who believe bombing is the only situation is so because u r fed by the media and no area of this country should be bombed or discarded by declaring it a terrorist sanctuary..Rather we as a pakistani should take control of all our areas ourselves and take the corrective measures!!Recommend

  • saschas
    May 23, 2011 - 10:25PM

    The drones-strikes against the Stone-age-fanatics from Al-Qaida,Taliban etc….are correct and must continue! These Zombies want to turn the whole world back into a medieval and tyrannic system,in which even music and sports are forbidden!!!! These sick radical Islamists must be destroyed and drones are very effective and much better than our stupid and senseless ground invasions!!!Recommend

  • HMz
    May 24, 2011 - 12:46PM

    @saschas where do ya dwell at British Columbia or something?Im sure majority of the emotionlists dont even knw the core of politics.No worries well take that game and create a win win situation!!Recommend

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