Friday, March 18, 2011

Pakistanis protest U.S. airstrikes, release of CIA contractor release

Pakistan Administrative Units - Tier 1LAHORE, Pakistan — A deadly U.S. airstrike Thursday in a northwest tribal village, along with the sudden release Wednesday of a U.S. intelligence contractor accused of murdering two Pakistanis, has raised tensions between the United States and Pakistan and brought new domestic criticism of Pakistan’s security establishment for cooperating with Washington in the war against Islamist insurgents.

As reported by The Washington Post, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter on Friday to protest the missile attack by a CIA drone that killed at least 40 people in North Waziristan. The government announced that it would boycott an upcoming U.S.-Afghan meeting and issued a statement saying that “the fundamentals of our relations need to be revisited. Pakistan should not be taken for granted nor treated as a client state.”

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