Buried in an article on a strange invitation by the al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Taiba front group Jamaat-ud-Dawa to politicians to tour its headquarters at Muridke, is this rare endorsement from a Pakistani politician who wants the US to expand the Predator strike program into Punjab province. From The News:
A leader of the Pakistan People’s Party from the Punjab, Syeda Abida Hussain had also recently favoured drone attacks on alleged terrorist centres in southern Punjab and other parts of the province. “If drone attacks can be carried out in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, why not in southern Punjab,” she was quoted as saying by newspapers on Saturday.
Now clearly, as Alexander Mayer explained last week, the majority of the Pakistani public does not support the US airstrikes inside their country. But it is interesting that one politician in Pakistan has the courage to support the airstrikes, and doesn’t appear worried about getting kicked out of office for doing so.
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