Pakistani president demands U.S. drone technology

08:07, June 29, 2010      

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The Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari urged on Monday the US administration for early transfer of drone technology to Pakistan, according to a local media report.

The president made the demand during a meeting with the visiting U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Norton A. Schwartz who came to Pakistan for the handover ceremony of three U.S. F-16s purchased by the Pakistani Air Force.

Matters relating to Pak-U.S. bilateral relations, mainly defense cooperation, Pakistan's fight against extremism and security situation in the region came under discussion during the meeting, said the report.

Zardari said that the inclusion of defence dialogue in the ambit of the strategic dialogue framework between Pakistan and the United States is a step in the right direction.

He urged the U.S. administration for early transfer of drone technology to Pakistan for its effective use by security forces to curb militancy.

The president also emphasized on expeditious reimbursement of arrears in Coalition Support Fund (CSF) and added that the delay in payment are stressing Pakistan's budgetary situation.

Schwartz said that the government and the people of United States highly appreciate the sacrifices made by the people, security forces and other civilian law enforcing agencies of Pakistan in the war against militants.

Drones are frequently used by the U.S. army in bombing the hideouts of militants hiding in the tribal areas in northwest Pakistan, causing a serious concern both for Pakistan and the international community as such attacks have also killed many civilians while delivering an effective crackdown on militants.

Source: Xinhua


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