Pakistan Warns US on Missle Strikes

  • Mon Nov 3rd 2008

Pakistani officials warned US General David Petraeus that frequent missile strikes on militant targets in Pakistan fan anti-American sentiment in the country.

The new US commander of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq met Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as part of his first international trip since taking over US Central Command.

Petraeus, accompanied by US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Richard Boucher and US ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, also held talks with Pakistan's Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar and Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

There is growing US concern about how militants are using pockets of Pakistan's northwest region as sanctuaries from which to support the escalating insurgency in neighboring Afghanistan.

Complaints from US commanders about Pakistan's efforts to counter the insurgents have been accompanied by a surge of missile strikes, which have continued despite strong condemnation from Islamabad.

A Defense Ministry statement said Mukhtar told Petraeus and Boucher that the missile strikes from drones "generate anti-America sentiments as well as create outrage and uproar among the people."

AP

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