After the reports of Amnesty International (AI) and other groups and NGOs, now the Washington Post has also claimed that they obtained top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos which show that despite repeatedly denouncing the CIA’s drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan’s government have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts. White House spokeswoman Marie Harf said the US was the only entity that could accurately determine how many died from strikes, insisting that the total number was “much lower” than the estimates given by some NGO’s.

To avoid any misunderstandings between two nations Pakistan’s civilian government and its intelligence agencies should also collect data. And it would be an official version as reports from different groups and NGOs lack substance and it is a more biased version. US rejected these reports. White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “We are reviewing these reports carefully and to the extent these reports claim that the US has acted contrary to international law, we would strongly disagree, the administration has repeatedly emphasized the extraordinary care that we take to make sure counterterrorism actions are in accordance with applicable law.

Carney insisted using unmanned drones against those the US labels terror suspects is better than sending troops or using other weapons, saying the Obama administration was "choosing the course of action least likely to result in the loss of innocent life." Surprisingly Pakistan government has not commented on these findings yet, Pakistan's version is equally important. Pakistan avoids commenting because there was a tacit approval between the two states according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos as it was already made clear between the states concerned that consent was given to use of force. If these rhetoric’s are true then Obama is right when he says "drones are legal, ethical and wise"

Moreover, drone attacks are not directly against Pakistan’s interests. Our main issue is suicide attacks and growing militancy. Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists have killed thousands of our military and police officials, as well as political leaders and innocent civilians, through suicide attacks. It is quite incredible that everybody talks about US drone attacks, but nobody talks about the growing suicide attacks which are killing thousands of innocent people in the cities. In fact, drone attacks are necessary for eliminating the enemies of our beloved homeland Pakistan.

DR SAIFUR REHMAN,

Islamabad, October 24.