Pakistan Army Chief Slams US Drone Operation

Pakistan’s military chief is sharply criticizing a suspected U.S. drone strike that killed two key Haqqani network commanders in northwestern Pakistan earlier this week.

Pakistani security sources said Tuesday’s pre-dawn missile attack destroyed a suspected militant hideout in the remote district of Hangu.

The strike, witnesses reported, killed two men, including commander Abubakar of the notorious, Taliban-allied network.

A Pentagon spokesman told VOA on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Defense had not conducted any recent strikes in Pakistan. The CIA typically oversees drone strikes in Pakistan, but the agency does not confirm them under a long-standing arrangement with Pakistan.

In years past, some drone strikes have raised tensions between Islamabad and Washington. Army chief General Qamar Bajwa’s comments Wednesday indicated that the two countries could again be at odds over the operations.

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