Mil­i­tary lead­er­ship un­aware of US drone strike, says Fatemi

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Prime Min­is­ter on For­eign Af­fairs Tariq Fatemi said Pak­istani mil­i­tary lead­er­ship was ' un­aware' of the United States ( US) drone at­tack in Balochis­tan which killed Afghan Tal­iban chief Mul­lah Man­sour, but also re­jected the pos­si­bil­ity of an intelligence fail­ure in this re­gard.

"Pak­istan does not have the tech­no­log­i­cal means to de­tect drones," the spe­cial as­sis­tant ar­gued in an in­ter­view. "There are cer­tain do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional el­e­ments in­volved," he claimed, "But some mat­ters can­not be dis­closed." Know more: Gen Ra­heel ' se­ri­ously con- cerned' over vi­o­la­tion of sovereignty by US. "Pak­istan may protest against drone strikes, but can­not strike back de­ci­sively... Such at­tacks will never be per­mit­ted in Pak­istan," he said.

Fatemi was of the opin­ion that US drone pol­icy would ad­versely af­fect the west­ern power in ad­di­tion to neg­a­tively af­fect­ing the re­gion where they are car­ried out. When asked why aid is sought from the US de­spite its vi­o­la­tions of Pak­istan's ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty, Fatemi replied: "Ideally, it is our goal to not seek any aid from them, but Pak­istan's eco­nomic con­di­tions make it so. We do not ac­tively seek aid from any­one."

Re­gard­ing the Amer­i­can de­mand to act against the Haqqani Net­work, Fatemi adamantly em­pha­sised that Pak­istan is al­ready "in ac­tion" against var­i­ous ter­ror­ist groups, in­clud­ing the Tal­iban and the Haqqani Net­work.

"We are try­ing to keep di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tions go­ing with the [ Afghan] Tal­iban."

"Ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Tal­iban have reached a rather unique junc­tion. Our agen­cies will con­tact the new lead­er­ship. What­ever de­ci­sions and progress we had made in the QCG is now nil, thanks to the drone strike." Fatemi also re­vealed that Pak­istan is not the only coun­try in con­tact with the Tal­iban, as "talks are the only way for­ward".

"Pak­istan alone can­not bring peace to Afghanistan, it is a col­lec­tive in­ter­na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity," he said.

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