Pakistan prime minister Sharif urges Obama to end drone strikes

By REUTERS
October 24, 2013 06:46




WASHINGTON - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged US President Barack Obama on Wednesday to end drone strikes in Pakistan, touching on a sore subject just as relations between the two countries improve after years of suspicion over Afghanistan and the US counter-terrorism fight.

"I ... brought up the issue of drones in our meeting, emphasizing the need for an end to such strikes," Sharif told reporters after meeting with Obama in the Oval Office.

But the Washington Post reported on Wednesday that while top Pakistani officials denounce the US drone program, they have secretly endorsed it for years and are routinely given classified briefings on targets and casualties.


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