News / Asia

Pakistan-US Relations Deteriorate After Drone Strike

Pakistan-US Relations Deteriorate After Drone Strikei
X
November 12, 2013 10:43 PM
Some Pakistani opposition parties are calling for a blockade of supply lines to NATO forces in Afghanistan in retaliation for U.S. drone strikes inside Pakistan. But as VOA’s Kokab Farshori reports, experts in Washington believe retaliation would further hurt already strained U.S.-Pakistan relations.
Kokab Farshori
Some Pakistani opposition parties are calling for a blockade of supply lines to NATO forces in Afghanistan in retaliation for U.S. drone strikes inside Pakistan. But, experts in Washington believe retaliation would further hurt already strained U.S.-Pakistan relations.

The suspected U.S. drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud came just days after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's recent meeting at the White House, which seemingly set a positive tone in improving bilateral relations.  

The strike led a top Pakistani cabinet minister to denounce Washington for sabotaging Pakistan's domestic peace.  And some Pakistani opposition parties are now calling for blocking NATO supply lines to forces in Afghanistan.  

Former U.S. Ambassador Bill Milam, of Washington’s Wilson Center, says that would not help U.S.-Pakistan relations.

"We would not view it as a friendly act, obviously.  We are determined to get out of Afghanistan, and through Pakistan is the best way.  We would be very unhappy if these roads are blocked," said Milam.

Outraged by U.S. strikes, some in Pakistan are demanding the drones be shot down.  Defense analyst Thomas Lynch says that is something Pakistan's government should not consider.

"I think there a stark understanding that Washington would view this as an abrogation of an alliance and a statement saying, 'No we are not against these terrorists and therefore, we are not standing with you and the international community.'  And there would be consequences from that," said Lynch.

Pakistan's government calls the drone strikes a violation of the country's sovereignty. But a recent report in Washington Post claimed the strikes are conducted with Pakistan’s consent. Pakistan denies that.

The U.S. says the strikes undermine terrorism by targeting militants that carry out attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Lynch says it is time for Washington to be transparent about the drone policy.

"I think when President Obama talked about his willingness to work with the government of Pakistan, he was referring not to a promise to end the drone strikes when targets like Biatullah Mahsood and Hakimullah Mahsood become available, but instead to try to be more transparent and open about where there is collaboration in these cases," he said.

But analyst Milam says both sides need to work to mend the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

"I would not be surprised to see a hold-back on the drone program for some time.  And we will try to smooth out the relationship, get over the rough patch, and see if we can avoid the problems that blocking the exit routes would bring to us, and frankly to our relationship," he said.

The experts say that for long-term stability in bilateral relations, Washington and Islamabad need transparent dealings.

You May Like

Video Genome Initiative Urgently Works to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Smithsonian senior research botanist Vicki Funk says ultimate goal is 'trying to get one-half of the diversity of plant life on Earth at the genus level in two years' More

Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

Report from member of British think tank says Russian extradition requests keep targets from traveling More

US Lawmakers Weigh Turkish Anti-terror Moves

Turkey’s two-pronged campaign against Islamic State militants, Kurdish PKK forces provokes mixed reactions on Capitol Hill More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Sardar KHAN from: UK
November 13, 2013 10:33 AM
The americans must stop drone attacks at once as they are counter productive and create more hate than good.As it gives a propaganda excuse to kill more innocent people in Pakistan.By these attacks people who hate TTP. start hating americans more than the talibans.

by: Pashtoon from Pakistan from: London
November 13, 2013 9:18 AM
I dont think Pakistan government can afford to lose money in exchange of blood of Pashtoon living on border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Yes drones is used to kill suspects without trial (love the standard US is setting) and it is benefit for US and Pakistan Army and politicians but what about collateral damage caused by civilized nation to barbarian living on border. Oh i forgot, they are barbarian as i have never been to the region and only listen about them though media ....

by: kh
November 13, 2013 8:51 AM
We should not be violating the sovereignty of other nations. Think about how we would feel if it was happening in our back yard. Its time we get out and stop giving tax dollar money to corrupt government officials. If we want to really help then build schools, power lines etc but we have enough issues at home.

Also, mark I don't think anyone dislikes the american people but rather the foreign policies are disliked.

by: Markt
November 12, 2013 7:30 PM
I think it is time we stop using drones to kill militants. I think it is time for those countries that harbor terrorists, ie. militants, to step up and rid themselves of terrorists or fully acknowledge the presence of those terrorists and stand to be counted among terrorists. Either way, we will know fully where their loyalties lie. Get ourselves out of Afghanistan...now....and make these countries police themselves. No more American blood being shed for people who don't give a damn about us anyway.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponentsi
X
Henry Ridgwell
July 28, 2015 9:53 PM
A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
Video

Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

The Special Olympics are underway in Los Angeles, California, with athletes from 165 countries participating in an event that gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to take part in an international competition. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that for athletes and their families, it's also an opportunity to make new friends in an international setting.
Video

Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.
Video

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.
Video

Video Iran Nuclear Pact Wins Few New US Congressional Backers

Later this week, President Barack Obama returns from a trip to Africa to confront a U.S. Congress roiled by the nuclear accord with Iran, an agreement that has received the blessing of the U.N. Security Council. Days of intensive lobbying and testimony by top administration officials have won few new congressional supporters of the pact. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.
Video

Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.
Video

Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.
Video

Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.
Video

Video Racially Diverse Spider-Man Takes Center Stage

Whether it’s in a comic book or on the big screen, fans have always known the man behind the Spider-Man mask as Peter Parker. But that is changing, at least in the comic book world. Marvel Comics announced that a character called Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker as Spider-Man in a new comic book series. He is half Latino, half African American, and he is quite popular among comic book fans. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
Video

Video Critics of Japan Defense Policy Focus on Okinawa

In Okinawa, many locals have long complained that Tokyo places an unfair burden on the tiny island by locating most of Japan's U.S. military bases there. As Japan's government moves toward strengthening and expanding the country's defense policies, opponents of those plans are joining local protesters in Okinawa, voicing concern about where the country is headed. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Okinawa.
Video

Video IS Uses Chemical Weapons in Syrian Attack

Islamic State militants have added a new weapon in their arsenal of fear: chemical weapons. VOA Kurdish service reporter Zana Omer was on the scene within hours of a recent attack in Hasakah, Syria, and has details of the subsequent investigation, in this report narrated by Miguel Amaya.
Video

Video Historic Symbol Is Theme of Vibrant New Show

A new exhibit in Washington is paying tribute to the American flag with a wide and eclectic selection of artwork that uses the historic symbol as its central theme. VOA’s Julie Taboh was at the DC Chamber of Commerce for the show’s opening.

VOA Blogs