'Pak not pushing US to halt deadly drone strikes'
Islamabad: The Pakistan Government is not pushing the United States to halt its deadly drone attacks inside the country’s tribal regions, according to a report.
An official familiar with the matter revealed that authorities are instead seeking control of human intelligence on the ground for target specification of their choice.
“This is the maximum they have been seeking. Nothing more,” an official privy to talks held this week between civilian and military leaders from Pakistan and the US said.
According to The Express Tribune, the demand of seeking control of human intelligence vital to guide drone strikes is contradictory to a resolution passed by Parliament that calls for cessation of attacks by the pilotless planes operated by Americans to hit top al Qaeda militants.
One of the officials explained the reasons behind the contrast in private and public positions.
“They know the US will never step back as they have been saying … so the idea is that it is better to have something that suits you than losing it all,” the paper quoted the official, as saying.
According to the paper, control on human intelligence, or Humint as it is technically called, would give Pakistani secret outfits a chance to select targets of their choice to be hit by drones, such as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Pakistan’s leniency is evident from the fact that despite all the hostility in its relations with the US after last year’s Salala incident, drone strikes restarted in January or within two months of the incident.