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Pakistan: 'Drones counterproductive to all our goals'

July 9th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S., talks about the reopening of her country's supply lines and the seven months it took to get a non-apology from the U.S. to her country.

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  1. Reasonable1

    The Pakistani madame said "Drones are counterproductive to all our goals". That is so true!! When all your goals are targeted toward terrorizing all non-muslim infidels, drones are of course very counterproductive to you. And the whole world is very happy to see that.

    July 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • kray

      ha ha ha

      July 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • binyamin

      any single taliban is more acceptable than this ex-president of yours, this former alcoholic, this funny reborn christian guy...what is his name ...

      anyway ... you are just pathetic

      July 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
      • Tollkilla

        Troll elsewhere, it was a funny comment, & didn't need a reply as inane as yours

        July 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
      • Jpg

        You mean like the Taliban who all cheered at the ruthless, murderous, execution of a defenseless women for supposedly for adultery. Yea, those are the good people. May they all be slaughtered by our drones and blown to pieces.

        July 10, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • Karan

      Its hard to explain Madrasa educated.. how some people in the west are more clever than there mohammed.. he never visioned of a flying bird who would blow fire on the believers

      July 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
      • Aamir

        Karan, You should be very careful in hurting feelings of us Muslims about our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) as He never educated for violence or terrorism also He is the first one who gave idea of women independence and equal rights.

        July 11, 2012 at 2:50 am |
    • Flatty

      Among PAkistans goals are sponsoring terrorism and murder in India, including the Mumbai attacks in 2008

      July 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
    • Ru3eNR3D

      very well said 🙂

      July 11, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • OldCactus

      We should be usinmg the drones on the Paki military also. They have never been our ally and never will be. They taks our money then stab us in the back. They hid binLaden for years all the while lying to us. They proved their culpability when they prosecuted the doctor for helpiong us get bin Laden. Only a fool would overlook this.

      July 11, 2012 at 2:58 am | Reply
  2. OurDogPakistan

    Our Dogs say drones are counterproductive; did ya hear that !

    July 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  3. Wesley

    uh oh. Pakistanis had all those fantastic plans to terrorize everyone. These drones ruined all those plans.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
    • Chocolate cupcakes

      And then when they get ambushed by their own terrorists, they complain that we aren't droning hard enough.

      July 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
      • Madank

        Drones are the best tools to wipe out the infidels of the humble living peaceful soul of the universe. Produce more and keep up the good work.

        July 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  4. Reprinted With Permission ©

    NEW YORK: Renowned Indian activist and novelist Arundhati Roy has decried the silence of the international community over the continued “brutal Indian occupation of Kashmir” and said Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination……
    She said so little was known about the atrocities being committed by more than half a million Indian troops, the continuing repression and indignities let loose on Kashmiri men, women and children.
    More than 700,000 troops were concentrated in the tiny valley, with checkpoints at every nook and corner of Kashmiri towns and cities. The huge Indian presence, she added, was in sharp contrast with 160,000 US troops in Iraq.
    Ms Roy alleged that Indian army or security personnel were killing innocent young children and women among others.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • B Goswami

      The sanctimonious people keep harping on the killings of muslims in Kashmir.
      Don't theyKNOW the atrocities committed against the Kashmiri Pandits and the Male population of villages lined up by the so called RELIGIOUS MUSLIMS who shot them point Blank.

      Move ON. Arundhati Roy is ignorant of What is going on around the WORLD? She should stick to writing FICTION(S).

      July 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
      • Andre' Jansen


        July 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Truth4once

      Dear Sir, the drones flying on the other side, will fly over Kashmir if the Indian army withdraws. The Indian army has fought Militancy for the sake of the world and India has brought education and tourism back to Kashmir as it was once. Islamic Militancy is a religious/cultural issue deeply seeded in the Islamic culture and its mix with poverty and lack of education. There is no Islamic law in Kashmir and for your sake, let me say, A Kashmiri Muslim is essentially more free than in most Arabic/muslim country. See for yourself the condition in Pakistan and ask yoruself which country has done better.

      July 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • Madank

        100% agreed. Well said, I was in Shrinagar last year and went in all the small town. I was so surprised that all Kashmiri are embrassing the changes to their daily lives as they want peace. But all the other from accross the border are disrupting their their agenda. If the opponent let this go and stick in what they have let other peacefull Kashmiri in J&K live in peace.

        July 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
      • robnl44

        But don't get too far ahead of yourself, there are as many religious fanatics in India, and most of India still live in the Middle Ages if not farther back. It's time we bulldoze all churches, temples, mosques, synagogues and any other places where they tell you fairy tales about Big Brother in the Sky, wake up people, get a life.

        July 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Sajan Maan

    Incompetent Pakistan accuse U.S. of menace.
    But U.S. must answer for the deaths of innocent people.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  6. NukklearPakistan

    Pakistan, who got BOMB from USA USA friend (as good one as afganistan) upset.......
    Just use that USA GIFT against its creator.....

    July 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  7. Roger Møller

    Pakistan created the Taliban. Osama Bin Laden hid out in Pakistan for years. He was killed there.

    The pakistanis can complain all they want. Until the central government takes control over the western part of their country and stops funding terrorists, other countries have every right to intervene there and hunt down this ilk.

    July 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • democrats

      Dude, you don't know how much we want the Taliban gone. Our nation has been ruined because of people associating Pakistan with them.

      July 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  8. GiveAndTake

    Man give me a break! Best joke of the day on CNN.
    If you wanna better one here it goes:

    If (Drone != true && Productive==Jihadi increases)
    Pakistani Goals = Productive;
    else Jihadi decreases;

    Joke is that for every Jihadi decrease an innocent Paki is turned to Jihad by the supposed to be superclass Taliban.
    Hence its a vicious cycle...

    July 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  9. democrats

    This is just downright sad. What people post here.
    I am a Pakistani and I feel that US and Pakistani forces should work together, not against.
    Pakistan has the nation which has lost so much during this war. Afghani immigrants and Taliban came over to Pakistan as a result of this war.
    Just remember that when a blast occurs in Pakistan, pakistani citizens die. We all hate people who make the blasts happen. We don't want the Taliban in Pakistan, and we don't want them killing our citizens.

    The drones are a side issue. They attack militants, without the fear of losing American or Pakistani soldiers. That's an amazing thing. However, when Pakistani soldiers are lost as a result of a drone, then the purpose is lost.

    Wouldn't you agree?

    July 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Rayan

      Pakistan and the USA do work together and have been for a long time, but Pakistan is not holding up its end of the bargain any longer. Extremist elements sympathetic to terrorists are winning out in the government, military, and in society at large. In short, if Pakistan would take care of these things themselves, there would be nothing for the drones to target. But how can you expect them to prosecute a war against AlQaeda when people who murder alleged blasphemers in Pakistan are made into national heroes?
      Ultimately though, comments here have little sway on politics. Americans can hate Pakistan all they want, and the government will continue to work with them because they have to. Just like Pakistani politicians will denounce drone strikes because they know it makes them popular, but the strikes will continue and it's unlikely they'll take much action to stop them.

      July 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • OldCactus

      You are in the minority and the minority is very, very, very small. Think tiny.

      July 11, 2012 at 3:05 am | Reply
  10. Andrew White

    Pakis are known creators and supporters of terrorists. All terrorists acts in the world link back to the rogue Pakistan military. That is their only Export. How could they like there creation being annihilated by such invisible and effective birds called Drones?

    July 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  11. Rayan

    drone strikes are counterproductive to all of Pakistan's goals? Really? So I guess... Pakistan's goal is to grant safe haven to terrorists and jihadists? Probably. That explains why they had set up bin Laden in a comfortable pad in Abottabad. Or at the very very least you must conclude from this statement that getting terrorists is not among Pakistan's goals. Which is still a shameful thing to say, and while probably not what she meant to say, I'm sure it's actually true.

    July 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  12. Fuster

    Drones can kill our enemies without endangering the lives of our troops. That's very productive.

    July 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  13. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    Pakistain is getting what they deserve....they protected Bin Laden.....

    July 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  14. Tom

    Good. It's working.

    July 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  15. Adnan

    A lot of idiotic talk is being spewed out abt Pakistan which is actually taking the brunt of partnering with the US in terms of lives and economic devastation due to the war. OBL's capture from Pakistan was a result of initial leads being passed on by the country's intelligence agencies and his presence in the country towards his final years is no worse intelligence failure than the one that led to 9/11 attacks when terrorists slipped through security and coordinated multiple attacks inside the US. If Pentagon stops fueling the war machine through ridiculous propaganda without putting a scapegoat for its military and diplomatic failures in Afghanistan, it will show how the drones are actually steering down Pakistan towards anarchy and is failing the objectives of peace and harmony needed to build and strengthen democracy in the two countries.

    July 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      Yeah, then Pakistan imprisoned the doctor that gave the US the information. He holed up there because the Pakistani government provided him and his family safe haven.

      July 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  16. son of drone

    Drones do fill our goals.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  17. USundermyfoot

    Dont worry. You guys wont stop the drone attacks and we wont stop the Haqqani network from killing your soldiers. Seems fair.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  18. Anthony

    They warned me if I voted for McCain things like this would happen. I wish I had listened.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  19. syedmtf

    Drones Kill Terroists what about Pakistani killing innocent Pakistanis Miss Ambassodar answer please

    July 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  20. Karan

    Strangely all the Goals of Taliban and Pakistani people and Goverment always sound similar. Y not arent they the same by other name

    July 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  21. Ian

    Drones need Pakistanis for target practice in order to perfect the technology. Pakistanis need the US for financial aid. It's a perfect marriage. Not sure why Ms. Amanpour is calling it "a marriage from hell"...

    July 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  22. Summer apolya

    I hate Muslims they ruin for the rest of us. Your wrong you religion was created by Satan. Christ is the way, The Truth, and The light. Not this Mohammed. The Muslims try saying that Christ was just a prophet. He was the messiah who saved the world get over it.

    July 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • Robb

      Bullsh!t, Religion has created chaos throughout recorded history. Claiming superiority has what started all this nonsense.

      July 11, 2012 at 2:40 am | Reply
      • dongszkie

        there is just ONE LIVING TRUE GOD. so logic dictates there must be only one true religion that he accepts, although not all member of that religion is acceptable to him because everything depends on ones faithfulness and obedience to such a true religious practice,not a mere membership or belonging. every person accepts or adopts religious concept conducive to ones termperament and perception of truth, while others, the majority, by accident of birth. there's nothing wrong w/ believing or claiming ones belief as the ultimate, absolute truth, provided it is up to that point only. it is only god that has the final say as to which of which is really the truth and acceptable to him, not any man or religious organization. it is the imposing of ones belief into others thru persecution, discrimination and coersion that makes trouble and horrendous suffering throughout history. god is peace and order, it is the religionist that is making trouble and chaos.

        July 11, 2012 at 5:02 am |
  23. H

    the matter is what do American aim at? there is nothing worth this war,killing and even thinking.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
  24. Blah

    At least something good is coming out of drone strikes. They must be causing real dents in terror sanctuaries to make them squirm and wriggle like that. But it is not enough, as its not only the people who are doing actual terror work, but whole of the nation is supporting either by allowing sanctuaries or supporting or donating that are culpable. Terroristan is an abomination on the world map, almost as bad as N Korea.

    July 11, 2012 at 12:51 am | Reply
  25. LOGIC

    We are all humans and we all have the same ONE GOD. Color, race, religion, nationality, height is just a stupid method of creating division amongst each other. Do NOT HATE the people HATE their actions. you can not just call all muslims bad, everyone is different, every muslim is unique every christian is unique every human being is unique. Grow up people, love each other do not hate the people, hate the actions of the people who you think did wrong, if one muslim is a donkey doesnt mean every single muslim since the beginning of time is crazy. This is racism, everyone should be judged individually, not collectively

    July 11, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
    • John

      Mr Logic... logic well phrased!

      July 11, 2012 at 1:54 am | Reply
  26. Robb

    Philosophical approach won't work. Strong handed tactics needed to make this Taliban to go away, If innocent lives lost during the drone attack, then its unfortunate but killing terrorism network is a must.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:37 am | Reply
  27. Afg

    Pakistan is a terreorists state they have been supporting sponsering terrorists throughout of their history

    July 11, 2012 at 5:20 am | Reply
  28. Afg

    They are never ashamed of denying the fact , world is watching them drones are pounding their safe heavens, hundreds paki terrorists are being captured in Afghanistan, and the are still denying.

    July 11, 2012 at 5:26 am | Reply
  29. swera

    Mr. karan you must have to study about our beloved Holy Prophet[peace be upon him]'s life history. only then you can understand the greatness of Him. so plz next time avoid to say anything without proper knowledge and proof.

    January 21, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
  30. swera

    Afg...............................are you a magician??or you gifted with true dreams?who told you this?your media? is your media such reliable?come to Pakistan, visit those areas where drone missiles are fired then i'll ask you that who is terrorist? visit to find truth......

    January 21, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply

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