Monday, May 20, 2013

UK Admits Funding Poll in Pakistan on US Drone Attacks

Britain has been forced to admit that it has been funding surveys in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas that reveal US drone strikes in the region are causing deep resentment among the local population, reports the Guardian.

In an answer to a parliamentary question, the foreign minister, Alistair Burt, confirmed that the Foreign Office had "supported" surveys which showed the proportion of respondents in the tribal areas who believed drone strikes were "never justified" had risen from 59% in 2010 to 63% in 2011.

It appears to be the first time that the government has revealed it has carried out opinion polls on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan – a programme on which it has refused to comment publicly. Previously British ministers have said: "Drone strikes are a matter for the United States and Pakistan."

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