Pakistan rejected offer by US to scale back UAV attacks
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Mar 28, 2012
U.S. officials offered key concessions such as advance notice and restrictions on targets to Pakistan's intelligence chief in January regarding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles against al-Qaeda in the southwest Asian nation in an effort to regain the trust of Pakistani officials, but the offers were rejected, reports The Associated Press.
Pakistan's then-spy chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, conveyed in the January meeting with CIA Director David Petraeus that the country will no longer tolerate independent U.S. action on its territory by American UAVs. U.S. President Barack Obama was scheduled to meet March 27 with Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in South Korea during the Nuclear Security Summit to discuss solutions to the two countries' strained relations.
U.S. unmanned aircraft during the last eight years have killed an estimated 2,223 Taliban, al-Qaeda and other suspected militants with 289 strikes, peaking at 117 strikes throughout 2010, reducing al-Qaeda's manpower, firepower and reach, according to the Long War Journal website.
Getting the U.S.-Pakistan relationship on a footing that satisfies both sides is problematic at best, the story said, given the current level of distrust between intelligence counterparts in the two nations.