Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2009
A Pakistani minister has warned the United States against launching missile strikes against the Taliban in his southwestern province, as a furore brewed over militant hideouts here.
“America will never make the mistake of drone strikes in Baluchistan,” said Aslam Raisani, chief minister of a province troubled by attacks by both separatist rebels and Taliban insurgents.
“Any type of American attack will have serious implications. I hope America will not make this mistake — such attacks would harm the American interests in the area and there may be a public reaction against any such attack.”
His comments come after the London Times on Sunday quoted unnamed sources as saying US drone strikes could target supreme Taliban leader Mullah Omar, an Afghan reported to have carved out a safe haven in Baluchistan’s Quetta city.
This article was posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 4:07 am