ISLAMABAD: In a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari here on Friday, US Republican Senator John McCain said that there were some differences between Pakistan and the US regarding drone attacks but that both countries have the same views against terrorism and democratic values, DawnNews reported.
The Senator said that drone attacks inside the Pakistani territory will continue to destroy the strong holds of Taliban extremists but that the US has no intentions of incursions in Pakistan.
“The (drone) attacks are imperative to defeat the enemy,” he said. “With an improved decision making process the civilian causalities are totally minimized.”
He maintained that in the past both countries have had a trust deficit, but now the US was confident of building a better relationship with Pakistan.
“We can not succeed in Afghanistan without a stable and prosperous Pakistan.”
He added that the US will not start incursions inside Pakistan. “Whenever such an action is required, we will take the Pakistani government in confidence. It is a fact that terrorists inside tribal areas of Pakistan are real threat for US forces in Afghanistan.”
“The financial assistance through the Kerry-Lugar bill is the US taxpayer’s money and we have to take deep look at how the Pakistani government is going to spend it,” he added