International Affairs

Drone attacks do not bother President Zardari

WASHINGTON: A prominent US journalist Bob Woodward has revealed in his book ‘War of Obama’ quoting President Zardari as uttering that the loss of lives caused by US drone strikes in tribal belt in Pakistan did not worry him, adding that he did not care if so bothers Americans.

Bob Woodward also stated in his book that President Asif Ali Zardari, after his election, held meeting with the then CIA Director General Michel Hayden on November 12, 2008 in New York.

During the reported meeting, Michel Hayden apprised President Zardari of killings of some US citizens among other tribal people in a US drone attack in Pakistan. According to book, President Zardari replied that deaths inflicted by drone attacks may bother you Americans but not me. Senior Taliban commanders should also be targeted; the book also quoted Zardari as wishing.

Jeff Stein over at WaPo’s SpyTalk writes that according to Woodward, on November 12, 2008, then-CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden disclosed the killings to Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari during a meeting in New York. At the meeting, Zardari allegedly said, “Collateral damage worries you Americans. It does not worry me.”

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