Drone strikes 'could end tomorrow' if Pakistan wants: US Congressman

Says such strikes cannot occur without Pakistan’s approval.


Web Desk October 30, 2013
File photo of a drone. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee member Alan Grayson said that if Pakistan wants, drone strikes “could end tomorrow”, BBC Urdu reported.

Grayson stated that such strikes cannot occur without Pakistan’s approval and they would stop if the Pakistani government stopped facilitating them. This claim runs contrary to Pakistan's stance that drones attacks are conducted without the approval of Pakistani authorities.

Remarking on the strength of the Pakistan Air Force, Grayson said that “these strikes would not be possible if Pakistan did not facilitate them.”

He also stated that “the way to stop drone strikes is through dialogue, not threats.”

Using Iraq as an example, he said the war there ended after the Iraqi government had told US troops to leave their soil.

He added further that the end to drone attacks would come only if a similar situation developed in Pakistan.

After Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s trip to the United States, his main advisor, Sartaj Aziz had said that America had not made a formal announcement that drone strikes will stop but they will reduce by the end of this year. Grayson however said he saw no evidence that Obama’s administration had implied a reduction in drone strikes by the year’s end.

Grayson felt that the US should compensate the heirs of innocent victims of the drone attacks.

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COMMENTS (51)

farooq | 7 years ago | Reply

@Muntazir: answer is already given in the bottom .... Democracy ..:)

Mahboob Khan | 7 years ago | Reply

This Congressman is right. If there is no support from the Government of Pakistan these drones cannot operate. Coincidentally, the Government has released figures in the Parliament yesterday suggesting that these drones strikes on Pakistan Talibans are beneficial as 1061 terrorists have been killed as compared to less than 100 innocents!

Apparently if they, the Government of Pakistan, take action against the Taliban fighters the public opinion turns against them so they have allowed the USA to do this "dirty work" for them in exchange for some hard cash. On one hand our Prime Minister was raising the issue of drones with President Obama and on the other hand he gives silent approval to the program as long as someone gets paid.

The Government is acting like an obedient employee of the Droner!

Shame on us!

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