American Troops, Drones For Quetta

It was bracing at least for the naysayers in Balochistan to hear simultaneous statements from the U.S. embassy in Islamabad and the military’s public relations wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (I.S.P.R) that Washington was not deploying any troops in Quetta. Reports about the deployment of ground forces in Quetta, which Washington believes is being used as a launching pad for Taliban operations, coincide with another warning about the expansion of C.I.A’s drone strikes in the province.

After a hue and cry in the national media and by the government, both the decisions have been temporarily halted. The Foreign Office spokesman said Islamabad would resist any plans to carry out drone strikes on Quetta as, he contended, such previous attacks in the tribal areas had proved counterproductive.

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