Pak Army Chief asks US to stop drone strikes

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 13:17

Islamabad: Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has urged the United States to stop the drone attacks, saying it is proving counter productive and creating a negative impact on the global ‘war on terror’.

During his meeting with US Central Command Chief General David Petraeus, who is currently on a visit to Pakistan, Kayani also raised the issue of India’s alleged involvement in destabilising Pakistan through Afghanistan.

Several issues such as the Pak-US defence and Army relations, the security scenario in the whole region, war against terrorism, US policy concerning drone attacks in the country, US’ new Afghan Policy came under discussions during the meeting, The Nation reports.

General Petraeus also assuaged Pakistan’s concerns over the Obama administration’s plans of expanding drone strikes in the country.

He added that the US strategy for Afghanistan would not affect Pakistan.

In a separate meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Petraeus briefed the former regarding the revamped Afghan strategy.
During the meeting Gilani welcomed Obama’s affirmation of strong ties between the two countries.
He said Pakistan and the US share the common strategic objectives for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan as well as combating terrorism.

ANI




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