LIZA HERNANDEZ WRITES – During a recent CNN interview, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf admitted that his government made a secret deal with the United States that allowed drone strikes to occur in Pakistan. In the interview, the former president stated that permission was given to execute drone strikes “…only on a few occasions, when a target was absolutely isolated and no chance of collateral damage.”
This contradictory account is given in the midst of Pakistani government denials and denunciations of continued U.S. drone strike activities in Pakistan. Just last month, former Interior Minister Rehman Malik stated that “Today the world superpower is having its own way, without any consent from Pakistan.”
Needless to say, the former president’s statements have not helped his popularity at home. In Islamabad, posters and banners bearing the Mushrraf’s likeness were torn down by female students of Jamia Hafsa.
This CNN article is the source for the reports by DAWN and The News, yet the amount of coverage the topic has received is very different. While the CNN article was almost 600 words, The News and DAWN articles didn’t even reach 250 words. It’s difficult to imagine that the statements of the former President don’t merit longer responses and more coverage from these two leading news sources in Pakistan.