US drone attacks undermining war on terror: Zardari
Islamabad: US drone attacks in Pakistani territory are undermining the war on terror, President Asif Ali Zardari told an American Congressional delegation on Thursday, asking Washington to provide the drone technology to his country's armed forces.
Zardari also said that the economic cost of the war against terror, amounting to USD 35 billion over the past eight years, has "almost paralysed Pakistan's economy".
He made the remarks during a meeting with a US Congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain.
The President "pointed out that (US) drone attacks on Pakistani territory undermined the national consensus against the war on militancy," said a statement issued by the presidential spokesman.
Zardari asked the "American delegation to persuade US policy makers to give drone technology to Pakistan so that militants could be targeted by Pakistan's national security forces themselves rather than by foreign troops, which raised questions of sovereignty".
Referring to the expenditure on the war against terror, Zardari said, "Pakistan has been facing delays in payments of Coalition Support Fund claims".
He called for timely reimbursements of over USD 1 billion owed by the US.