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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pakistan on Tuesday expressed concern to key ally the United States over missile attacks against Islamist militants on its soil, ahead of an anticipated surge of US troops into neighbouring Afghanistan.

President Asif Ali Zardari and army chief General Ashfaq Kayani outlined Pakistan’s position in talks with the visiting David Petraeus, the US commander for southwest Asia, said a Pakistani official.

Incoming US president Barack Obama, who was to be inaugurated in Washington just hours later, has identified battling Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in neighbouring Afghanistan one of his administration’s priorities.


Yet a more aggressive US strategy is likely to further antagonise Pakistan, a conservative Muslim country that has reacted angrily to dozens of suspected US missile strikes on its northwest since August.

Pakistan sought to relay its concerns to the US about a domestic backlash against the weak civilian government caused by the missile strikes, believed to be the work of unmanned drones from the Central Intelligence Agency.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm

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