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Drone strikes can end tomorrow, if Pakistan wanted: Grayson

- October 30, 2013 - Updated 1232 PKT - From Web Edition

WASINGTON: US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee member Congressman Alan Grayson has said that drone strikes in Pakistan could end tomorrow if the country wanted to and that no such attacks take place without the approval of Pakistan.


The Democrat Congressman from Florida also said that he received no evidence from the Obama administration to suggest that there would be a drop in drone strikes conducted in Pakistan by the end of this year.


He said that had Pakistan wanted, drone attacks on its territory could end tomorrow if the country stopped facilitating the US strikes.


Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during his recent trip to the US, had talked to President Obama on the drone issue after which the government had announced that the results of the talks would be visible shortly and that the nation would see its positive effects in the coming days as the number of drone strikes would significantly be reduced by the end of this year.


Pakistan has a strong Air Force which had the power to impose a restriction on its borders whenever it chose to, according to the Congressman who added that, such attacks were not possible without the consent of the country struck.


Grayson further said that it was possible that a similar situation developed in Pakistan and only then there would be an end to drone attacks.


Moreover, he said Pakistan's armed forces were capable of tackling militants and that in such a situation the US should not have blood on its hands. He added that there were only a handful militants in the country, whose numbers hardly run into hundreds, whereas the strength of Pakistan's military was more than a million.


Grayson was of the view that heirs of the innocent victims of drone attacks should receive compensation from the United States.


Wondering as to why the decision of who lives and who does not was taken thousand of miles away from Pakistan, Grayson said that the call was for God to make but drones were taking those decisions here instead.


Earlier on Tuesday Congressman Grayson met with the family of a Pakistani elementary school teacher, Rafiq-ur-Rehman, whose mother was killed in a US drone strike last year.

Rafiq, who was visiting the US with his family on an invitation sent by Congressman Grayson, provided him with their accounts of the attack that killed the school-teacher's 67-year-old mother, Momina Bibi in North Waziristan.

Reader Comments
Wikileaks long ago revealed how Pak authorities were unconcerned with drone attacks. ex PM Gilani according to Wikileaks assured American ambassador that his government's objection was for PR but in reality had no objection to these attacks. US government will continue these attack as long as talibans have safe haven in Waziristan.

There are extreeminsts/insane people in the western areas killing Pakistanis and other nationals and Pakistan Govt do not do any thing. Why not Pakistan Govt says to USA to stop using drones because they kill innocents with the extreemist and Pakistanwill do millitary action to kill and remove the extreemists hence save civiliian lives. Peoples are opposing Drone strikes but why they not ask Govt to clear the area.

Dr Hassan Akhtar
United Kingdom
Look at the statement..Read it..It is VERY Clear what Forces are behind or Cause to drive these Blood Shed of Innocent."Billy Thelay Say Bahar Agai"

Abid Hussain Shah
Congressman Grayson is telling as it is. No drone attacks can take place without the tacit approval of Pak government. Wikileaks published the whole story long ago.

Typical US answer .. Blame it on Pakistan and blame it on Al Qaeda and OBL!! Where as the truth probably is that there is either aid or military assistance or some other string attached to the Drone attacks!!! No one had the courage to come out with the truth. US is just as much corrupt and dishonest and liars as their Pakistani counter parts!!!

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