Pakistan tells US to leave 'drone' attack base

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    Pakistan tells US to leave 'drone' attack base

    Pakistan told the United States to leave a remote desert air base reportedly used as a hub for covert CIA drone attacks, Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar was quoted by state media as saying Wednesday.

    His remarks are the latest indication of Pakistan attempting to limit US activities since a clandestine American military raid killed Osama bin Laden on May 2. Islamabad also detained a CIA contractor wanted for murder in January.

    "We have told them (US officials) to leave the air base," national news agency APP quoted Mukhtar as telling a group of journalists in his office.

    Images said to be of US Predator drones at Shamsi base have been published by Google Earth in the past. The air strip is 900 kilometres (560 miles) southwest of the capital Islamabad in Baluchistan province.

    A US embassy spokeswoman told AFP there were no US military personnel at Shamsi.

    American drone attacks on Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan's northwestern semi-autonomous tribal belt are hugely unpopular among a general public opposed to the government's alliance with Washington.

    Despite condemning the drone strikes in public, US documents leaked by Internet whistleblower Wikileaks late last year showed that Pakistani civilian and militant leaders had privately consented to the drone campaign.

    CNN reported in April that US military personnel had left the base, said to be a key site for American drone operations, in the fallout over public killings by a CIA contractor in Lahore and his subsequent detention.

    Reports said operations at the base, which Washington has not publicly acknowledged, were conducted with tacit Pakistani military consent.

    Neither does the United States officially confirm Predator drone attacks, but its military and the CIA operating in Afghanistan are the only forces in the region that deploy the armed, unmanned aircraft.

    Pakistani and US officials have frequently been drawn into slanging matches, played out in the press, since the bin Laden raid humiliated the military and invited allegations of incompetence and complicity, as well as damaging trust.

    "This trust deficit could be reduced by sitting together and taking joint actions," the state-sun Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Mukhtar as saying.

    On Tuesday, US Vice Admiral William McRaven, who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said the US military believes Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar is in Pakistan and had asked the Pakistani army to find him.

    Asked about Omar, Mukhtar said: "If he was in Pakistan, even then, he would have left the country after the Abbottabad incident."

    Mukhtar, who belongs to the ruling Pakistan People's Party, said that he supported negotiations with the Taliban to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan.

    McRaven also said Pakistan showed no sign of either wanting or being able to crack down on the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network operating from sanctuaries near the Afghan border, despite repeated US requests.

    Pakistan angrily rejects US criticism of its record on militancy.

    Thousands of troops have died fighting a homegrown Taliban insurgency in the northwest, although the military has not moved against those like the Haqqanis who confine their attacks to Afghanistan.

    "Our concerns and constraints must be taken into consideration before making any statement questioning our commitment to fighting militancy," said military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas.

    Around 4,500 other people have been killed in suicide and bomb attacks across the country since government troops raided Islamist extremists holed up in Islamabad mosque four years ago.
     
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    Another tactic to appease the local mullahs and others taking potshots at Kayani and Gilani. Do they think the world community as a bunch of fools? Seriously, TELLING the US to leave after living off its coffers for more than half a century? :lol: Never heard anything more ridiculous than that. Probably like the "supply blockade" Gilani imposed on NATO to be removed after a week.
     
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    desperate Kayani's last minute effort to save his job.................. it is too late they cannot do that.
     
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    Expect a US response tonight , with another drone strike!!!!
     
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    The drone strikes will continue no matter what Pakistan officials say.
     
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    I doubt the Afghan Army will be able to resist the Pakistanis and Taliban after the US leaves in 2014.

    Northern Alliance may not be strong enough.
     
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    why not the best pilots of the world (as per Pakistanis) do something about it, rather then asking US about it,shoot down some of the UAVs, those are just planes without pilots, surely PAF can do it. At max. US would loose some millions for those UAVs. US defence industrial complex would come up with its substitute in no time.
     
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    How will they lock on to the drones when their radars are either looking the other way, asleep or broadcasting Star Plus!!
     
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    Can change in pak speach make matter worse for already dieing country?? i think future for pak is very hard..

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    It's a another attempt to fool its own public that we are kicking Ammerica out of pak but in reality allowing more drone attacks..
     
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    You believe that the US will all together leave Afghanistan after all the American casualties and after pouring in billions of dollars? Don't believe it. Afghanistan as a territory is of so much strategic importance to the US than the fight against Taliban. The US will remain there, albeit with reduced manpower and visibility.
     
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    They should've asked for more aid........
     
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    Usual snub from US to Pakistan... Leave aside US official's strategy based support to Pakistan after Abbottabad incident.. What was the US and coalition force and soldiers mindset after the incident?? What is their feel about Fighting in Afghanistan in side with Pak Army???
     
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    Pakistani news source of US rejection

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    US rejects demand to vacate Shamsi base | Newspaper | DAWN.COM
     
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    They will!!
    We want you off our base but...... If you give us those drones along with some hellfires and 1 billion in cash, we could allow you to continue using that base.
     
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    its a pressure tactics ,they want more financial and millitary help from us, and want to save their face from their country men,mainly mullahs and jehadis.
     
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    You should leave the base so that Aiman Al Zawahiri, Ilyas Kashmiri (no firm proof yet of his death), Haqqani and the likes can roam around freely in Pak.
     
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    Pakistan dont control things inside their own country.....

    ....begining of the end!
     
  21. Godless-Kafir

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    Pakistan is an BPO now, its also out sources terrorism!
     

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