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Pakistan leader meets with Rice on missile strikes

November 13, 2008

Pakistan’s president pressed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday to halt cross-border U.S. missile strikes targeting militants in his country’s volatile tribal regions, the Pakistani foreign minister said.

“These drone attacks are unproductive, and they are contributing to alienation as opposed to winning people over,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in an interview after briefing reporters on the 20-minute meeting between Rice and President Asif Ali Zardari.

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice laughs while ...
United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice laughs while mingling with diplomats on the floor of the General Assembly hall at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. The occasion was the gathering of world leaders attending a two-day U.N. conference to promote a global dialogue about religions, cultures and common values. President Bush is speaking on Thursday.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The U.S. military is believed to have carried out at least 18 missile attacks on suspected militant targets close to the border in Pakistan since August. The missiles are believed to be fired from unmanned planes launched in Afghanistan, where some 32,000 U.S. troops are fighting a resurgent Taliban insurgency.

The strikes also should be halted to avoid the inadvertent deaths of civilians, Qureshi said. “In fact, what is required is more sharing of intelligence information. What is required is building Pakistan’s capacity to deal with insurgency,” he said.

State Department officials declined to comment on the meeting.

President-elect Barack Obama‘s incoming administration presents a fresh opportunity for Pakistan to emphasize more dialogue and development, Qureshi said.

US Department of Defense (DOD) image of a Predator surveillance ...
Pakistani President Zardari has repeatedly objected to U.S. use of drones like this.  DoD photo

“We’ll be discussing with them a more comprehensive strategy. Because Pakistan is of the view that military means is not the be-all and the end-all,” he said.

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