Pakistan recalls on US to stop drone attacks

And Islamabad has pushed Washington to provide it with the drones to allow it to carry out its own attacks on Taliban insurgents.

Pakistan recalls on US to stop drone attacks

Pakistan has renewed calls for an end to U.S. drone aircraft strikes causing civilian deads, an issue that could strain ties between teo allies.

Pakistan officially objects to the operations into its territory in the border with the Afghanistan, saying they violate its sovereignty.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani reiterated Pakistan's concerns over the drone strikes in talks with a delegation of visiting U.S. senators headed by John McCain.

"He reiterated his government's disappointment over the continuing drone attacks and persisting reluctance of the U.S. to share drone technology with Pakistan to enable it to take on the terror centres in its border areas itself," said Pakistan's official APP news agency.

The senators met Gilani on Friday and also held talks with President Asif Ali Zardari and army chief Ashfaq Kiyani after visiting Afghanistan.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, McCain defended the drone strikes, saying they are "one of many tools that we must use to try to defeat a very determined and terrible enemy".

U.S. officials say the strikes are carried out under an agreement with Islamabad that allows Pakistani leaders to criticise them in public. Pakistan denies any such agreement.

U.S. Pressure

Pakistan grabed over 5 billion USD in financial assistance after military offensive on Taliban following U.S. pressure.

Pakistani army launched late April a massive offensive in Swat Valley, breaking the deal between Taliban and government over a Sharia administration.

Taliban gained the right to form provincial administration, implementing Shar'ia laws in Swat districts under the deal. But Taliban fighters entered neighbouring districts, including one just 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Islamabad.

Taliban says the offensive was launched by government to please U.S. who has pressured to break it.

Taliban says Pakistani government had no respect for any pact and They kept violating every agreement and if this goes on.

Pakistan and the United States are long-time allies. But the the drone attacks and other issues have caused friction.

Gilani told the senators tighter security measures against Pakistanis in U.S. airports following a botched bombing attempt on an American airliner could hurt relations.

"Gilani said such policies cause consternation and anxiety among the people of Pakistan and said their continuity could negatively impact the bilateral ties," said APP, adding that Gilani said Pakistan should be removed from the list.

Reuters
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