Drone strikes are counter-productive: Gilani

May 2nd, 2011 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, May 2(ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that drone attacks are counter-productive and have an adverse impact on the military and the political strategy against terrorism.

Gilani also said that drone technology should be transferred to Pakistan and the US should reconsider its position on use of drones, The Daily Times reports.

As a civilized and responsible country, Pakistan is using all the diplomatic channels to put across its viewpoint and there is realization that drone attacks were creating a negative impact, he added.

Over 900 people were killed in drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) had earlier said in its annual report.

The US does not confirm the drone attacks, but its military and the CIA operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy the unmanned aircraft in the region.

Pakistan officially protests the strikes as violations of its sovereignty, but its security agencies are believed to secretly cooperate with the programme. (ANI)

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