No drone attack in Pakistan since December

March 06, 2014 - 12:03:14 am
PESHAWAR: The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism in its latest report said there has been no report of a drone strike in Pakistan since Christmas Day, making this the longest pause in drone strikes in the country since 2007.

It quoted unnamed US officials as saying that the attacks have been stopped during peace talks between the Pakistan government and the Pakistan Taliban (TTP).

 Rahimullah Yusufzai, the Pakistani journalist who is part of the negotiating team, confirmed to the Bureau that Islamabad had requested the pause: “Pakistani officials have discussed this with the US ambassador [to Pakistan] and said that serious talks would be derailed by a drone strike,” he said. 

The report recalled that on February 17 peace talks collapsed following unremitting violence by the TTP. The militants killed scores of people, including 23 members of the Frontier Corps, before the negotiations eventually halted.

It said the Pakistan military has carried out several air attacks on North Waziristan, targeting militant positions.