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Christian Science Monitor: In Pakistan, Who Controls the Narrative on Drones?

Author: Taha Saddiqui
October 23, 2013


"[Locals and security experts] say that while the drone attacks are a legal issue for Pakistan and the global community, those residing in the tribal belt do not consider them as unpopular as Pakistani officials portray them to be."

As the debate over US drone strikes thrust into the spotlight this week, a trickle of reports from locals, security experts, and non-governmental organization workers in Pakistan's tribal region suggest that the view of drone strikes within the South Asian nation is more nuanced than its government admits.

Although both Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Barack Obama were expected to downplay the contentious drone policy in their meeting Wednesday, the issue remains a wedge between the two countries and is the subject of a UN hearing Friday.

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