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Over Pakistani Objections, U.S. Resumes Drone Strikes

Filed by KOSU News in World News.
April 30, 2012

“CIA drone missiles hit militant targets in Pakistan on Sunday for the first time in a month, as the United States ignored the Pakistani government’s insistence that such attacks end as a condition for normalized relations between the two perpetually uneasy allies,” The Washington Post writes.

But after initial stories focusing on how the strike could set back negotiations over reopening NATO supply routes from Pakistan into Afghanistan, there’s now this from The Associated Press:

“Pakistan’s prime minister struck a moderate tone Monday amid criticism of the U.S. for carrying out its first drone strike in the country since parliament demanded that Washington end the attacks two weeks ago.

“Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s comments could indicate the government does not want the drone issue to torpedo attempts to patch up ties with the U.S. …

“When asked about the most recent strike, which killed three suspected Islamist militants Sunday, Gilani pointed out that the resolution passed by parliament also stipulated that foreign fighters must be expelled from the country and Pakistani soil should not be used to attack other countries.

” ‘So, when we plan a strategy (with the U.S.), all these aspects would be discussed,’ said Gilani.”

As The New York Times adds:

“The C.I.A. strike underlined the tensions between American diplomatic and security priorities in Pakistan. Officials from the two countries are trying to reset relations that stalled badly after American warplanes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghanistan border in November.”

[Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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