Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik says the US assassination drone strikes on Pakistan’s tribal areas are “counter-productive,” once again calling on Washington to end the strikes.
“The attacks are rendering Pakistan’s efforts to countering terrorism ineffective,” the Pakistani minister said in an interview with a US-based television channel on Monday, the Pakistani television network Dawn News reported.
In response to a question about sending more troops to Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region of Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan, Malik said a military approach was not the solution to the problem of militancy in any region in the country.
Despite the Pakistani government’s repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks, the US government continues its strikes on north and south Waziristan region.
Washington claims its drone strikes target militants, although casualty figures clearly indicate that Pakistani civilians are the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned attacks.
The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, in the US drone strikes has strained relations between Pakistan and the US, prompting Pakistani officials to send warnings to the US administration over the assaults.
Last month, a report by the Stanford Law School and the New York University School of Law gave an alarming account of the effect the assassination drone strikes have on ordinary people in Pakistan’s tribal areas. The report noted, “The number of ‘high-level’ targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low — estimated at just 2%.”