Paul D. Shinkman
US News & World Report
May 17, 2013

The skies over Pakistan have remained conspicuously clear during the recent election season, according experts on drone strikes in that part of the world.

The last recorded U.S. drone strike in or near Pakistan occurred on April 17, open source data indicates, or roughly a month before the Pakistani election that reestablished Nawaz Sharif as prime minister for the third time.

Specifics of this notoriously reclusive drone program remain top secret within the U.S. military and intelligence communities, though experts on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and Pakistani politics say the U.S. has likely eased up on the joystick for what has become a popular local talking point.

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