Army denies NYT story of Pak conducting drone strikes
Rawalpindi, Mar. 6 : In response to a news report published in the New York Times on Tuesday, claiming that the US had not conducted two drone strikes in early February, rather it may have been Pakistan, an Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesperson has termed the accusation a "distortion of facts".
According to The Express Tribune, the spokesperson denied any operation conducted by Pakistan''s security forces, including air strikes in the tribal belt in early February, as mentioned in the NYT report.
The spokesman said such an accusation is a distortion of facts and seems to be aimed at diluting Pakistan''s stance on drone strikes.
Earlier on Tuesday, the American daily had reported that the CIA, which operates the drone programme, had denied the strikes.
Previously, the CIA has never confirmed nor denied drone strikes.
The strikes in question were carried out on February 6 and February 8 and had killed up to nine people, including two senior commanders of Al-Qaeda in early February.
Pakistan''s Foreign Ministry had also lodged an official protest with the American Embassy over the incidents. (ANI)