Kayani tells Mullen US drone attacks undermining war on terror

April 21st, 2011 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Rawalpindi, April 21(ANI): Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has told the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, that US drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas are undermining the ongoing war on terror.

Mullen called on Kayani on Wednesday, and “lauded the sacrifices and efforts of People of Pakistan and its security forces and reassured that security ties will not be allowed to unravel between the two armed forces,” the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

“The COAS and CJCS acknowledged that evolving Pak-US strategic relation was important for the achievement of mutual long term objectives of comprehensive security of both the countries,” it added.

Kayani told the visiting US military officer that drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas spark public anger, turning locals against the war against terrorism.

“The COAS reinforced Government’s stance on drone strikes and emphasized that these not only undermine our national effort against terrorism but turn public support against our efforts, which remains the key to success,” the statement said.

“The COAS highlighted that Pakistan Army’s ongoing operations are a testimony of our national resolve to defeat terrorism. He strongly rejected negative propaganda of Pakistan not doing enough and Pakistan Army’s lack of clarity on the way forward,” it added. (ANI)

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