Lahore: Former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani today denied a report that his government had approved US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas.
“In fact, I had registered the government's protest with President Barack Obama over the drone attacks. I told him that the strikes had proved to be counter-productive and were promoting militancy in the country,” Gilani told PTI.
The Washington Post had quoted leaked American and Pakistani secret documents as saying that Pakistan had been regularly briefed on the strikes and in some cases helped choose targets.
It documents covered drone attacks over a four-year period from 2007, when military ruler Pervez Musharraf was in power, to late 2011, when a civilian government led by Gilani had taken over.