Obama officials told Pakistan’s Sharif that drone strikes would continue


Tom Hussain
mcclatchydc.com
November 22, 2013

Pakistani officials acknowledged this week that the Obama administration had told Pakistan’s prime minister during his recent visit to Washington that there would be no letup in U.S. drone strikes intended to kill key terrorist leaders in Pakistan.

Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s de facto foreign minister, told members of the Pakistani Senate on Wednesday that U.S. officials had specifically named Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud and al Qaida leader Ayman al Zawahiri in their conversations with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who’d used meetings in Washington in October to press for an end to the drone strikes.

Eight days after Sharif met with President Barack Obama, drone-fired missiles killed Mehsud at the gate of his house in Dande Darpakhel in North Waziristan as he was returning from a meeting with other Taliban leaders at a nearby mosque.

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