United States to continue drone attacks in Pakistan

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 9:43:31 by

Despite passage of a unanimous resolution against the drone strikes, the United States (US) reportedly have no intentions to halt attacks of unmanned crafts on Pakistani territory.

Citing officials, an American newspaper claimed that spy attacks be continued against terrorist and their compounds in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Apparently this decision will enhance diplomatic tensions between the two allied states after Pakistani parliament unanimously approved new terms of engagement with the US.

According to the report, the American officials will work in coming days to find common ground with the Pakistani counterpart. However, they will not miss the shot if a suspected militant comes into the satellite target of the CIA drone hellfire missiles.

It is not the first time the Americans has ignored decision of the Pakistani parliament, which made a demand to halt drone service, back in 2008.

However, this time the government is in a more fragile political state and will not continue its earlier practice of quietness.

The Pakistani parliament, once again on Thursday gave approval to the recommendations prepared by the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) to revise country’s foreign policy.

While indicating to lift ban on NATO supply-line, the joint-sitting demanded a halt to CIA-led drone strikes. However, it did not link the resumption of supplies with stoppage of spy attacks.

The bilateral ties between US and Pakistan faltered after NATO incursion on Pakistani check-posts in which 24 Pakistani troops have lost their lives. Pakistan had blocked the supply-route that provides necessary material to allied forces battling in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the report said that the White House was mulling to issue an official apology over Salala check post attack.

The White House has raised the bar on whom the CIA is allowed to target, applying new limits and all but curtailing so-called ”signature strikes” where CIA targeters deemed certain groups and behavior as clearly indicative of militant activity.

The White House also explored whether giving Pakistan advance notice of the strikes could become the basis of a compromise to keep the operation going.

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