Pakistan, Bush Made Secret Drone-Strike Deal
Meanwhile, top-secret CIA documents show Islamabad was kept in the loop
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 23, 2013 11:44 PM CDT
Updated Oct 24, 2013 5:00 AM CDT
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the conclusion of their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Though Pakistan has often condemned US drone strikes—this week, PM Nawaz Sharif called them an obstacle in the countries' relationship—officials there reportedly signed a secret deal with the Bush administration regarding the attacks. "The exact terms were never shared with civilians, but there was a protocol between the Musharraf government and the Americans," a former official tells the National Journal. The civilian government that took over in 2008 "was informed about it, but there was no renegotiation."

Pakistani officials approved of many drone strikes via that agreement, though it's not certain if all were approved, the Journal notes. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports on top-secret CIA materials that show Pakistan quietly supported strikes, "routinely" receiving briefings on them. The documents also show the CIA regularly asserting that no civilians were killed in the attacks, contrary to reports by watchdog groups. Still, it remains clear that the strikes have been a point of tension between the countries, the Post notes. Yesterday, Sharif met with President Obama during his first trip to Washington as prime minister; speaking at the White House afterward, he said he had "emphasiz(ed) the need for an end" to the strikes. The visit itself is thought to show progress in the relationship, the AP notes.

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kumatose
Oct 24, 2013 8:04 PM CDT
The Obama Haters of Anti-America seem to think this is all Obama's fault... how bizarre... how bizarre.
NorCalHal
Oct 24, 2013 12:46 PM CDT
Sounds to me like PM Musharraf and President Bush agreed on what they felt needed to be done and signed an agreement to the fact. Now we have PM Sharif and Oblama second guessing what was done... It's always easier to criticize and find fault than it is to actually do something positive and worthwhile !
reallybig
Oct 24, 2013 12:15 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD.... The price countries have to pay for the US blood money? The foreign countries signed unequal treaties .. giving the rights to the US to kill innocent people in their countries .. without fear of Americans being prosecuted for doing it.. And America and other Western countries, have been forcing these unequal treaties on other countries, since colonial times........................ REALLY PS; .. Iraq told the US to take their blood money, and stick it up someone's a$$.