Interior Minister Rehman Malik has urged the United States (US) to provide drone technology to Pakistan, saying that it could use in better way in war against terrorism.
While speaking to the media at Pakistan’s Embassy in Washington, the minister stated, “They had given us F-16’s, we haven’t used them against India, instead they were used in war against terror. Now United States should provide drones to Pakistan in order to target militants in areas bordering Afghanistan.”
He also stated that he had discussed with the US counter-terrorism officials over IED’s as almost 56 thousand military, police officials and civilians were targeted in the militancy incidents.
The minister ensured that they were taking action on IEDs, adding that they were not only regulating flow of fertilizer but also restricting its transportation in many areas of the country.
He opined, “The color of the blood, whether that of someone from the US, Afghanistan or Pakistan, was the same. It is not only Pakistan that is being blamed and such devices were being made in other countries as well.”
The minister continued that they had a common enemy they must have a common strategy to fight this enemy, adding that Pakistan is committed with the international community in this fight and they will hit them hard.
Urging the US to stop transportation of weapons from Afghanistan to the Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said that such efforts could damage the war against terror.
The minister also made an appeal to the US to release Dr. Aafia Siddiqui on humanitarian grounds as her ailing mother of above 70 was waiting for her.
He said that he had with all force conveyed the sentiments of Pakistani people regarding Dr. Aafia to the US officials.
He observed, “I hold talks with FBI director Robert Mueller and sent an application to US attorney general to review the matter on humanitarian grounds as her ailing mother and two small children were waiting for her.”
Commenting on the anti-Islam film, Rehman Malik said that Pakistan was the only country who raised the issue at international forums, adding that the American administration should arrest the culprits involved in the event.