Pak doesn't support "counter-productive" US drone strikes against al Qaeda-Taliban militants: Gilani

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 05:30 hrs

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said US drone strikes targeting the Al Qaeda and the Taliban militants are counter-productive and that his government has not given permission for such attacks.

"First of all I want to inform you that we did not allow or give permission to fly drones from Pakistan," The Dawn quoted Gilani, as saying.

"Drones are counter-productive and we have discussed it thoroughly with the US administration," he added.

He said the "collateral damage" from drone attacks was counter-productive because it undermined his government's efforts to separate tribes from militants, and also violated Pakistan's sovereignty.

Gilani blamed former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for having had "some understanding" on drone attacks with the United States.

Gilani said Pakistan would support any Afghan-led peace initiative, insisting that his country never supported the Afghan Taliban to take over.

"We are not supporting them. It's not our job. Why should we support them?" he added. (ANI)

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