Review drone policy, Pakistan tells US

Pakistan foreign secretary calls US drone strike policy "counter-productive".

Updated: Apr 23, 2011, 15:45 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir has said that the US needs to review its drone strike policy as it was "counter-productive".

The Dawn daily reported here that the remark was made at a joint briefing with US Special Representative Mark Grossman in Washington.

The latest drone strike took place earlier this week in Pakistan`s North Waziristan region, killing over 21 people. A drone attack on March 17 had left 39 people dead.

The US sees the drones as an important counter-terrorism tool but "that`s not exactly the way we look at it", Bashir was quoted as saying.

"The people of Pakistan consider these attacks - and the casualties that occur - as a source of concern.

"This particular methodology is counter-productive and needs a review."

Grossman said, "All efforts against terrorism are designed to make life safer for Pakistanis and Americans".

The two-day talks between them were aimed at paving the way for a strategic dialogue in Islamabad next month.

Bashir described the talks as "cordial, constructive and engaging".