Pakistan runs out patience on U.S. drone strikes: PM   2010-10-22 22:52:37 FeedbackPrintRSS

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Friday that Pakistan's patience has run out on the U.S drone strikes in its territory.

"I hope the U.S. will convince to revisit its policy of drone strikes in Pakistan," Gilani told members of the Diplomatic Correspondents Association in Islamabad.

The United States regularly fire missiles from pilotless planes into the country's Waziristan tribal region, considered as the main base for al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders.

Gilani said the U.S. drones are not using Pakistani air fields, adding that the former government had allowed the United States to use spy planes for reconnaissance flights but not to fire missiles.

He said Pakistan and the United States has good defense cooperation and intelligence sharing system and "if the U.S. has credible information about the presence of militants, they should share with Pakistan and Pakistani forces will take action."

Gilani said the United States has been told in categorical terms that drone attacks were counter-productive. "Pakistan is also trying to convince the United States either to provide drone technology or share actionable intelligence so that Pakistan's own forces could take action inside our territory," he said.

About Pakistan role in the Afghan peace process, Gilani said that Afghan government has not shared any roadmap for dialogue process with Taliban. "They had promised to share their peace plan with Pakistan and the U.S. but has not yet shared," the prime minister said.

He said Islamabad supports Afghan-led and Afghan-driven peace process in the neighboring country and that Pakistan is part of the Afghan solution and not a problem in the process.

On the U.S. pressure to launch military operation against the militants in North Waziristan tribal region, the Prime Minister said that the army will decide about the timings of any such operation.

He welcomed the announcement of a visit to Pakistan by the U.S. President Barack Obama next year and said that he wants Obama visit to Islamabad should not be bracketed with his Indian visit.

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