ISLAMABAD - Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman on Saturday said that there is a dire need to tell the United States categorically that Pakistanis are very angry over the drone attacks.

Talking to The Nation, Fazl said past governments publicly condemned drone attacks but secretly gave approval for such attacks. Fazl said that there is a need to engage the US in meaningful talks.

He said “At first we need to review our economic and military dependence on the US as well as reviewing how we can become self-sufficient in these areas.” He said a thorough strategy will have to be evolved to stop drone attacks.

On domestic front, he said the JUI-F also needs to make sure how writ of the government can be ensured in FATA. “For this purpose we also need to engage the Taliban. We need a comprehensive policy on Taliban issue which means taking on board all stakeholders. Only then we will be able to create conducive environment for any possible engagement with the Taliban,” he added.

Sources said that Fazl also apprised Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif of his party’s stance on drone attacks during a meeting held on Saturday.