Just days after being sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan, and declaring that he did not want to sever ties with the United States over the drone strikes that plague parts of his country, Nawaz Sharif (shown) said Monday that two recent U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan have convinced him that his own military is in collusion with the CIA to kill his countrymen.
"The policy of protesting against drone strikes for public consumption, while working behind the scenes to make them happen, is not on," Sharif said, according to the record of statements made at the inaugural meeting of his cabinet.
By taking on the military, Sharif may be outkicking his coverage. In the past, the Pakistani army — described by the Washington Post as one of “the strongest institutions in the country” — has welcomed the presence of the U.S. military, including the drones.
For a bit of context, it’s been just over two weeks since President Obama proclaimed in a major policy address that drones would be used to kill only those “terrorists” whose threat to the security of the homeland was deemed “continuing and imminent.”
Sharif was elected on May 11, and since that day he has decried the drone strikes that have become a central operation in the so-called War on Terror first prosecuted by the George W. Bush administration and perpetuated by President Obama.
In his first comments after his election, Sharif insisted that he did not want to sever ties with the United States over the drone strikes that have killed so many of his countrymen, but he did call out President Obama for violating the sovereignty of Pakistan by ordering the deadly drone missions without the approval of Islamabad.
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Photo of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: AP Images