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Pakistan unlikely to get drone: Report

world Updated: May 17, 2009 20:29 IST
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Pakistan is unlikely to get drones inspite of the strong plea made to the US by its President, Asif Ali Zardari, media reports said on Sunday.

"I want drones. I want transfer of technology so that I can manufacture them at home and use them myself," Zardari told 'The Sunday Times.'

However, the newspaper stated that Zardari "may get the cash but US President Barack Obama is less likely to accede to his wish of being given US drones, the unmanned spy planes used to target Al-Qaeda's leadership in Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

So far the US has carried out 18 missile attacks within Pakistan this year.

According to reports, for the first time, US shared surveillance data collected by drones with Pakistan but the co-operation is unlikely to go further.

Zardari has asked for them to fly under Pakistani auspices. "If the British police carry out an action here (in Britain) that's one thing, but imagine if the Australian police came in, the British people would not stand for it. That's the situation I am trying to make them understand."