The latest decision of the American President Barack Obama regarding the introduction of restrictive regulations for presiding over U.S. drone strikes could make the relations of the country with Pakistan a bit better; says a group of political analysts as well as U.S. officials.
In one of his recent speeches, Obama announced about the enforcement of more limitative legislations governing U.S. drone strikes. He also forecasted that they will not be used that much. That is the reason for which experts are seeing a ray of hope that the ties between the Government of the United States of America and the new Government of Pakistan will improve considerably.
Though the President could not meet the demands of the Pakistan Government for putting a stop to the attacks, this particular speech delivered by him is being considered as a landmark one. He focused on certain major concerns of Islamabad over the secret CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) drone programs. These included the strikes aiming at the activists in the north-west tribal area of the nation by the side of the Afghan border.
It is believed worldwide that Pakistan itself executes large number of people each year, which makes ‘strikes’ drone by other countries very unpopular there. However, the U.S. President has said in his recent speech that it is quite overstated.
The Government of Pakistan has also protested against such drone programs and commented that the concept is nothing but a desecration of power and autonomy. Though a few military officers as well as elder inhabitants in Pakistan have supported the past strikes, the scenario has changed quite a lot now, said the national representatives.
According to Obama, such drone attacks are vital for making the most of the counterterrorism initiatives taken by the nation. He also said that these strikes helped them destroy the core leadership of al-Qaida in the tribal region of Pakistan.
But at the same time, he admitted that they have not become successful completely, and it will come to an end by 2014 with the removal of U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan.
Pakistan officials are happy to some extent as the American President has highlighted the increasingly popular sentiment of the Islamic country and tried to resolve the issue of drone strikes. However, Pakistani people want these to be stopped completely, commented Mushahid Hussain, the Chairman of Pakistan Defense Committee. The Foreign Ministry of the country has also agreed with it.