December 1st, 2010
01:36 PM ET

WikiLeaks: Pakistan quietly approved drone attacks, US special units

On the record, Pakistan has persistently criticized the United States' use of unmanned drones to attack militant hideouts in its mountainous border region.

But diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks reveal that in private the Pakistani government was not unhappy about the strikes, and secretly allowed small groups of U.S. special operation units to operate on its soil.

In a cable sent in August 2008, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan at the time, Anne W. Patterson, recounted a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. It coincided with a military operation in one of the restive frontier territories.

Patterson wrote: "Malik suggested we hold off alleged Predator attacks until after the Bajaur operation. The PM brushed aside Rehman's remarks and said, 'I don't care if they do it as long as they get the right people. We'll protest in the National Assembly and then ignore it.'"

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  1. Indian Air Force

    BANGLADESH was created in 71.
    Siachin was lost in 84 (Operation meghdoot)
    Kargil was lost again in 99.
    Stop cursing Hindus, it has led a country the terrorist nation Pak, which used to be viewed with INdia on every front, viz, INDO-Pak strategy to Af-Pak. LOL

    What's next? Punjab-Balochistan after further dismemberment.

    January 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dindy.....

    THOSE PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON THOSE BUILDINGS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS OR RELIGIONS. THEY WERE JUST WORKING FOR THEIR DAILY BREAD. PROBLEMS OF FUNDAMENTALISTS SHOULD HAVE SOLVED THEIR PROBLEMS WITH US GOVERNMENT. WHY IT THEY INCLUDED INNOCENTS INTO THEIR HATRED LIST. MAY GOD HEAL THE WOUND OF THE FAMILIES WHO LOST THEIR LOVED ONE THAT DAY!!!!
    ALSO IF THE INNOCENTS DIE ON AFGHAN LANDS FROM DRONES. MAY GOD SAVE THEM !!! PLEASE GOD HELP TROOPS TO FIND THE TRUE CULPRIT WHO IS HIDING AND LETTING OTHERS DIE FOR HIS EVIL DESIRES . AMEN!!!

    December 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dindy.....

    Riza ..they justify 9/11 attack. They say it is a reaction to US actions. i ACTUALLY dont like when drones land on innocents. But when they talk like these reaction and action then some people would say these drones are a reaction too😦
    Riza .we like it or not is this the world's end human hate other human ?😦 here in Sri lanka also we have fundamentalists . They say this is Buddha's country. So imagine if we say this is a God's country🙂 will they tolerate?
    There will be no peace unless people surrender to God fully and let God handle the problem. Now people think Bin laden is the one who gave a reply to their hate towards Americans and western world. Sadly.......no body is perfect . God knows it. But not the man whose mind is clouded with dung like bin laden. He thinks he can take God's place. No way. Never. Man is going to repay . Because GOD is the judge not him. GOD wont allow anyone to exceed GOD.

    December 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bledsoe

    Witty!

    December 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bledsoe

    Nutz!

    December 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bledsoe

    Funny!

    December 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dindy..

    Dan....good post.

    December 2, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. dindy..

    inhuman rulers..sucking blood of innocent civilians.......hey... do not go that far.... cant forget the most brutal attack on 9/11. If drones hit innocent civilians it is not good. It must stop. Yet if drones can target the real culprits it is ok. because no body need something worst like 9/11again.. Inhuman !! most brutal attack by the Fundamental blood suckers.

    December 2, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. BANGASH

    No doubt wikileak has further exposed the evils in world politics and it is good for all of us as now we should see no doubt in recognizing those responsible for putting our lives at risk in this beautiful world. Americans as a nation with out any hesitation rise against those having diverted them their real national values. This is now clear that almost every where in the world American Govt has been behind every dictator, monarchs and Martial Laws and thus their slogans for human rights and democracy are just slogans. Being the king makers have imposed inhuman rulers for sucking the blood of innocent human beings all over the world . Now it is for American nation, either continue with this shameful character or return to what you apparently are proud of being American If You have forgotten then let me remind you that these national ideals are universal justice, Equality and fraternity.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. dindy..

    stop drones if they land on innocent people ...:(

    December 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Thank you dindy for agreeing with me. I also say punish the gutless wonders who operate them to the fullest extent of international law!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Drone-drone-drone!

        December 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jesse Cook

        Hardy,har,har,har.

        December 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dindy..

    Pakistan government has not said to kill unarmed civilians. Only supporting to catch the culprit Osama hiding some where in the borders. Anyway if the drones are killing unarmed innocent civilians it must be stopped .If the drones can target the real enemy (as they don't show remorse or come to peace talks) then it can continue.
    Fundamental views using to kill people on other faith cant justify . Only God must judge about people in other faiths. Not human. beings. No body wants something like 9/11 again .

    December 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Andrew Lubin

    Is he THAT funny,Jesse? I don't think so!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jesse Cook

    Hardy,har,har,har......

    December 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bledsoe

    Troll!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Cook

      Hardy,har,har,har.....

      December 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. USMC Forever

    WOW, now we will have to fight their women, I heard their women are tougher then the men and I should know. I've killed a bunch of the PU**YS. Now I can fight a better enemy and get some before wasting them. I just love the Pakis!!!
    Please recruit more so we all can get some Muslim Pu**Y!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Killathethrilla

      Excellent, well said USMC Forever!!!

      December 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Sorry folks,I never posted the above. Moreover,I want eveybody to know that I never use that filthy Tea Party lingo in my posts,never!

      December 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Why am I not surprised? We should be since we're paying them off,the greedy thugs!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      I meant to say that we shouldn't be but the bottom line is that we have the Pakistani officials both bought and paid for,so why wouldn't they approve of those cursed drone attacks???

      December 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Air Force Strong

        Well said,Dan.

        December 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        echo!

        December 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jesse Cook

        Hardy,har,har,har........

        December 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Cuckoo!

        December 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. USMC Forever

    Beautifully put,Paki Troll.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Amen to that! Thank you.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |