Condemning the US drone strikes, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the government was against the drones and it raised the issue at every possible forum.
While speaking to the media, the minister said that he apprised the US officials during his visit to Washington about the concerns of Pakistani nation regarding drone attacks.
He observed, “I told them Pakistanis don’t like drones, I told them we are dubbed as American stooge due to US policies. The US officials assured him that they would review the policy of using drones.”
He was of the opinion that Pakistan would use the drone technology responsible if the country were given drones. “If we are given drones, we will use them responsibly as we used the F-16s,” he added.
He informed the media that he met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Attorney General and handed them a letter with regard to Dr Aafia Siddiqui.
He noted, “We are now waiting for their reply and we would send a high power delegation to the US.”
Malik said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) respected the courts and its leaders appeared before them whenever they were summoned. He made it clear that the PPP wanted supremacy of law in the country.
Replying to a question regarding Pakistani Taliban, he said that it seemed like the terror outfit had splintered and its Amer Hamikullah Mehsood had been removed as the chief of organization.
He said that Mehsud should renounce violence and go for Haj and Umra.
Earlier, the minister reportedly claimed credit for the arrest of the producer of the anti-Islam film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ which led to violence and chaos across the Muslim world.
He said, “I don’t claim entire credit, but it is a credit for the Muslim Ummah, the credit goes to my government.
In fact, it is our government and the entire world which took up this derogatory documentary film at all international forum.