Gilani ‘condemns’ US drone attacks, but seeks technology

Pakistan Prime Minister terms the unmanned strikes as “counter-productive”.

Updated: Dec 30, 2010, 12:37 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has condemned US drone attacks in tribal areas of the country bordering Afghanistan, terming the unmanned strikes as “counter-productive”.

“I agree with the member from FATA that the drone attacks are counter-productive” the Dawn quoted Gilani, as saying in the National Assembly.

He said the country’s military and political leadership had distanced local tribes from terrorists, but the drone strikes were creating sympathy for terrorists among locals.
“Our military and political leadership had very ably alienated local tribesmen from the militants, but when a drone attack is carried out they get reunited again. This shows these (drone attacks) are counter productive, therefore we condemn it and we are against it,” said Gilani.

“We have told the world and the United States that this technology must be given to us so we take actions on our own,” he added.

ANI