WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is seeking permission from the US administration for expanded powers to carry out covert drone strikes in Afghanistan and other active war zones. However, some quarters in the Pentagon are opposed to the idea fearing the move could put in danger US troops on Afghan soil. If approved by President Trump, it would mark the first time the C.I.A. has had such powers in Afghanistan, expanding beyond its existing authority to carry out covert strikes against Al Qaeda and other…
ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Nafees Zakria on Thursday said that drone strikes are counter-productive and violate the sovereignty of Pakistan. Responding to question during the weekly media briefing, the FO spokesman maintained that Pakistan's policy is clear on this issue that such strikes are are counter-productive and violate the sovereignty of Pakistan. The statement came just after a day when a Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder jet shot down an Iranian drone – UAV – in Balochistan’s Panjgur…
PESHAWAR: Chief of Army staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said that unilateral actions like drone strikes are counterproductive and against the spirit of ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing undertaken by Pakistan. “Pakistan Army is capable of taking effective measure if actionable intelligence is shared,” he said during the visit to Peshawar Corps Headquarters. The Army Chief was given a detailed briefing on the situation along Pak-Afghan border, ongoing and future operations, progress on…
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan withdrew his demand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation and said that he wants the premier to be held accountable, ARY News reported.
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has demanded an immediate cessation of drone strikes that violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty of States.
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: The US President Barack Obama is likely to reveal today (Friday) the number of civilians killed in several US military and CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since he took oath as the president.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi has said that Afghanistan should resolve its own issues, ARY News reported.
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Monday said had he been prime minister of Pakistan, he would not have allowed United States carry out drone strikes in Pakistani territory, ARY News reported.
LAHORE: Pakistan’s prominent lawyer Asma Jahangir has called for ‘expelling’ elements from the country whose presence leads to drone strikes on home soil, ARY News reported.
LAHORE: Punjab Assembly on Tuesday passed two resolutions - one against drone attacks in Pakistan while the other strongly condemning executions of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in Bangladesh.