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

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

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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  • Muntazir
    Oct 30, 2013 - 1:00PM

    Mr. Nawaz Sharif I am waiting for your answer, please.


  • Ahmed
    Oct 30, 2013 - 1:02PM

    it was revealed in wikileaks that Gen Kiyani in 2009 asked for US Drones http://dawn.com/news/630057/army-chief-wanted-more-drone-support


  • Sohaib Irshad
    Oct 30, 2013 - 1:04PM

    Bush, Obama, Blair and David Cameron have all visited their troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. None has ever visited my troops fighting for ME. This is how serious they are. Pakistani parliamentarians failed to meet the Drone victims, while USA, has them in front of their congressmen. Who do I take more serious, my government or the States?


  • Oct 30, 2013 - 1:34PM

    And the repercussions?Recommend

  • Dajjal
    Oct 30, 2013 - 1:43PM

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

    Yes, and as we can see Iraq has become remarkably peaceful since then….


  • Common man
    Oct 30, 2013 - 1:46PM

    After this, if any drone strike is conducted in pak territory , than it is pakistan who kill its own people. And after Fatwa from Mufti Taqqi usman the other day about pakistan cooperation to US on the ongoing situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the people of pakistan must understand that we are obliged to resist now with with every means possible.


  • abc
    Oct 30, 2013 - 1:59PM

    We will expect no explanation from the concerned authorities which shows either they have a tacit agreement or they are looking both ways. In both cases its to dangerous to get your people humiliated in front of the world.


  • Fahim
    Oct 30, 2013 - 1:59PM

    keep waiting for something which is never going to be answered @Muntazir:


  • Gemini
    Oct 30, 2013 - 2:35PM

    Is this really a drone in the picture above? I think it’s a solar plane.


  • MA
    Oct 30, 2013 - 2:41PM

    I blame PTI and Imran Khan for that…..


  • polpot
    Oct 30, 2013 - 2:52PM

    Obviosuly the CJ has to take suo moto notice of the complicity of the estabilishment in the drone strikes
    The Washington Post is a witness. Come on CJ.


  • Parvez
    Oct 30, 2013 - 3:15PM

    Its like two gentlemen, one from Lucknow the other from Hyderabad , trying to go through a doorway and each tells the other ‘ Sir, you first ‘ and……….


  • Sarr
    Oct 30, 2013 - 3:29PM

    Imran Khan and PTI did not sanction or introduce drones. Why exactly do you hold them responsible?


  • Oct 30, 2013 - 3:31PM

    Its kind of joke.
    When US wanted to do drones they were arguing it that how much they are important and now they are leaving Afghanistan and they wanted to stop drone attacks too and now they are again putting it all on Pakistan.


  • fgdf
    Oct 30, 2013 - 3:43PM

    Pakistan want that drone remain their national birdRecommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Oct 30, 2013 - 3:47PM

    Drone striked could end tomorrow, if Pakistan Army wants. The statement by congressman also takes into view the politician and common Pakistanis. Military to military ties between Pakistan and US are more dense than ties on anyother ground. So If and only if Pakistan Army wants, the drone strikes could end now!!Recommend

  • rahul
    Oct 30, 2013 - 3:58PM

    @with every means possible means……as ttp is doing?Recommend

  • Gulraiz Khan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 3:59PM

    @MA: Offcourse IK needs to be blamed because he completely lost the elections and never got a chance to make Pakistan a safe place to live. It doesnt matter at all what rigging took place but he is the culprit who have been forcing to stop drones and putting pressure on the federal gov to stop drones and get in peace talks with black sheeps (talibans). IK no nothing about politics which is a game of eating human flesh, looting money and building empires abroad and he is soo stupid that where he could have lived a KING’s life by marrying wealthiest person’s daughter had to give up his stardom life and went on to build institutions for the betterment of the people of PAKISTAN. He should be stoned! for even thinking any good about our country.Recommend

  • Gulraiz Khan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 4:04PM

    Beggers can not be choosers!… must have heard many times but trust understood by only few countries and ofcourse Pakistan is not one of them. After working for 5-6 years to my knowledge “Minutes of meeting” is an important thing to practice. I am sure NS concerned person did wrote it aswell but all the points would have something to focus on ‘money to be transfered in NS international account’, ‘X number of lifes’ to be handed in the blood stained hands of US’ and all those points that will increase the number of NS and alliance in richy rich’s listing!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 30, 2013 - 4:13PM

    The question is more fundamental one? How come that not a single private flyer or a para glider has ever tried to persuade the unmanned beast to land? Is aeronautical engineering or physic not taught in Pakistan schools? Are there no hackers in Pakistan familiar with digital information technques? What the Iranians can do should also be possible for the Pakistanis as well?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Uzair Malik
    Oct 30, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Haha how ironic, Imran khan turns out to be true yet again.. I remember him saying it again n again.. ‘Allah alhaq ha, Sach saamne aa jata ha’-truth prevails…But sadly people will curse him again..what for though? I know why! because how dare you expose the malpractices of our beloved masters… If only we could be true to ourselves!Recommend

  • Ava Jaina
    Oct 30, 2013 - 4:31PM

    Imran Khan was right after all & has been all along. It all boils down to whom I believe the most? Knowing what the pakkies have delieverd off of their promises, I believe the US 1000% that the drone strikes always happen only once approved by pakkies.Recommend

  • Confused
    Oct 30, 2013 - 4:35PM


    Bravo at your neieve comment.Recommend

  • Oct 30, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Drones are operated by our armed forces…If they were against our permission, then it would be a gross compromise on our sovereignty…and the military would have bombed one drone after another. Recommend

  • Hafiz
    Oct 30, 2013 - 4:47PM

    pakis must stop double speak.Recommend

  • Mullah man
    Oct 30, 2013 - 4:52PM

    the issue is that pakistan is incompetent of killing terrorists, when they are captured we allow them to escape or release then because people are not willing to testify against them. Worse still is our public showers them with rose petals – Pakistan has developed an extremist ideology over the years thanks to leaders such as mullah zia ul haq and mullah Bhutto – you reap what you sow, please stop blaming the rest of the planet and look in the mirrorRecommend

  • Salman Hussain
    Oct 30, 2013 - 4:55PM

    Pakistani Security Agencies quite aware about any attacks of Drone, they are responsible for doing such things which should not be occurred. Recommend

  • Indra
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:18PM

    Most Pakistanis dont care if Puztunians get droned. Thats the fact. The freedom of Pushtunistan is inevitable.After Palochistan is moved out and Sindudesh declared as an independent state, the other regions of Pakistan should be declared as satellite servant state of Bharata. SSSB should act to provide, resources, fuel and labour for various Indian missions abroad, as mercenaries or workers, to further Indian causes. Pay will be given.Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:22PM

    The cat is out of bag now …Recommend

  • Insaan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:23PM

    I want to know how much bounty money Pakistanis made as bounty money for helping find targets for drone strikes.Recommend

  • Dilip
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:23PM

    Part of the money provided by the American government should and must be given to those innocent victims of the drone strikes. Because drones are intelligent, the CIA must ensure that innocent bystanders are not killed.Recommend

  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:28PM

    YES !! It is up to Pakistan to end the drone strick . The only condition is that the work being performed by drones should be done by Pak army . It means , if the Pak airforce hit those targets prior to be hitted by drones ,then there will be no need to operate drones . The congressman’s statement has created confusion among the general public that there exist a treaty between US and Pakistan for Drone operation . Where as the fact is that no such thing exist . Elimination of Terrorists is an international mission and Drones are operating to fulfil that mission .Recommend

  • Ghaffar Khan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:39PM

    Agreed. Pashtuns r big victims of punjabi machinations. Recommend

  • Junaid
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:43PM

    Insane! there are two reasons as to why Pakistan is supporting drones:
    a) We are under pressure from USA and have NO SOVEREIGNTY
    b) We are INCAPABLE of dealing with our internal issues so we have to INVITE USA to fight our battles

    BOTH a) and b) are shameful. Fine our current government inherited this problem but now its time to unite as people and parties and help find a viable solution to this predicament. At least IK has a clear stance on this..and maybe that is why we ended up with NS in the power instead :SRecommend

  • Last Word
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Why is Pakistan complaining since it had always allowed itself to be droned by the Americans ?Recommend

  • Hairatzada
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:55PM

    @Common man:
    Who is Mufti Taqi Usmani- He belongs to Deoband school of thought and there is no official designation of Mufti-azam Pakistan.
    Why did not he ever condemn suicide bombing against other sects and their mosques and Mazars. Why did he say that it isbetter to remain silent when he was asked about his opinion about all the carnage by Talibans. The easiest thing in this country is to blame Government and criticize on it. Please try the same thing in Saudi Arab and you will leran the right lesson.Recommend

  • GIndian
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Drone attack requires very good ground intelligence. Somebody in the ground should feed drones the exact coordinates of the terrorist locations. Pakistan is the initiator and US just pulls the trigger. Without drones Pakistani army would have suffered heavy casualties. Anyway drones are better than indiscriminate bombing in a civilian area. It is not fair to blame just the US, who is actually helping Pakistan, alone for these attacks. Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Oct 30, 2013 - 6:35PM

    Pakistan isn’t honest with it’s neighbors, allies, or it’s own people.
    The Congressman’s analogy to Iraq is inappropriate. Yes the USA left Iraq when asked – just like it removed it’s drone operating facilities from Pakistan when asked. But the USA is targeting terrorist who are posing a direct threat to it’s troops in Afghanistan – not much different than when USA decided to bomb Cambodia when Viet Cong was using it for sanctuary – no request from Cambodia stopped that.Recommend

  • Vineet
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:07PM

    Pakistan government has received several billions of dollars as donations in exchange of these drone strikes. Now they cannot have any say whether these strikes should take place or not. Sharif going to Obama and requesting to stop strikes is simply a face saver in front of Pakistani aawam.


  • Ali S
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:10PM

    Call me unpatriotic, but personally I believe that the drones are in better hands with the Americans than with our government/military. God only knows what kind of disastrous misadventure they may use it for. Drone strikes should only be stopped once there are concrete plans on the ground for exterminating the vermin that these drones target – TTP won’t stop until their goal of establishing their version of Shariah in the country is established, stopping drones won’t make any difference to their objective.


  • Khan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:34PM

    One Word – Munafiq Pakistani Leaders


  • MA
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:40PM

    @Gulraiz Khan:
    lol…..again i fail to put my sarcasm through……never mind!


  • syed baqar ahsan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:59PM

    Whatever! muslims roasting muslims.


  • harkol
    Oct 30, 2013 - 8:16PM

    The drones that fly over Pakistan are models that are slow moving (100mph) and don’t have stealth tech, thus are trackable by radar. A slow moving visible flying object, how difficult it is to shoot it down?? It isn’t. USA has only one drone that is difficult to track, and that isn’t deployed in Af-Pak.

    Thus, without Pak Army’s implicit permission & acceptance, drones can’t fly on Pak territory. Imagine the same drones are used by India on Pak territory, would Pakistan Army say “we are incapable of shooting them down” – That’d cause a furore in paksitan!!


  • TJ
    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:12PM

    Drones were started by the pakistani army under musharraf. No political party supported this. But the pakistan army does support it and silently let political parties take the blame and the anger of the public. ASK GHG, not the parliament!


  • asad
    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:30PM

    Hahaha…good one. It doesn’t look like an RQ8. More like a solar plane. You have beautiful eyes.


  • Rajan
    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:47PM

    Once paid, you have to obey what master says


  • unbelievable
    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:49PM


    The drones that fly over Pakistan are
    models that are slow moving (100mph)
    and don’t have stealth tech, thus are
    trackable by radar. A slow moving
    visible flying object, how difficult
    it is to shoot it down?

    Yep – and the most efficient way of shooting down the drones would be using surface to air missiles. Unfortunately Pakistan military would have to fight it’s way into Taliban controlled territory to setup the missile system and place an enormous military contingent around the system to prevent the Taliban from destroying or taking it captive. It’s also possible that the drone would simply target the missile system before it got operational.
    Best solution – get rid of the terrorist and drones will go away.


  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Oct 31, 2013 - 12:27AM

    drone strikes could end tomorrow if pakistan wants! so this is the reason TTP Tareek Taliban Pakistan put farward their condition to govt of pakistan stop first drone attacks!


  • Oct 31, 2013 - 11:33PM

    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!


  • farooq
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:29AM

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


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