Drone Strikes in Pakistan---Statement by the Office of General Pervez Musharraf
October 24th, 2013: In response to various media inquiries, Dr. Raza Bokhari, International spokesperson and North American Point of Contact to Former President Musharraf, issued the following statement to media outlets:
Former President Musharraf has always maintained and confirmed earlier in April of this year in an interview with CNN’s Nic Robertson, that during 9 years of his rule, there were less than 10 drone strikes, all of which targeted militants, and a few of them were joint operations between United States and Pakistan in locations that were not accessible to the ground forces of Pakistan.
President Musharraf had also expressed in another interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in 2009 that since his leaving of office, these drone strikes had become indiscriminate and were losing their impact due to claims of collateral damage to the civilian population.
Former President Musharraf consistently demanded United States transfer drone technology to the Pakistan Military, so Pakistan could take ownership in effectively targeting terrorists and also remedy the violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty by United States.