Tuesday, May 14, 2013

US drone strikes in Pakistan must end: Nawaz Sharif

From:  Press TV

COMMENT -  Now, why would Nawaz Sharif object to having his nation's airspace violated and citizens bombed to smithereens?  Perhaps the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International should give him a stern talking to.  He is clearly attempting to interfere with their exciting business plan and development for population control.  

Fin out more about the founding partners for the (you have to admire their gall) tax free Foundation started to support the development of drones.   Founding Partners - Northrop Grumman, DS Solidworks and Insitu.

Here are the people we have to thank for the vigorous promotion of drone technology. 

AUVSI Executive Committee

Peter Bale, Chairman of the Board
John Lademan, Executive Vice Chairman
Northrop Grumman Naval & Marine Systems Division

Ralph Alderson, First Vice Chairman
L-3 Unmanned Systems

Joe Brannan, Treasurer
John Lambert, Immediate Past Chairman
Unmanned Systems Research and Consulting, LLC

AUVSI Directors

2012-2015 Directors
Jason Grabinsky ENMAX
Heather James UTC Aerospace Systems
H. Michelle Kalphat
Chad Partridge 2d3 Sensing
Steve Pennington
Dave Seagle

2011-2014 Directors
John Burke EADS North America
Tim Heely
Neil Hunter Babcock International Group
Mark Patterson Virgina Institute of Marine Science
Virginia Young University of Alabama

2010-2013 Directors
Grant Begley
Matt England CyPhy Works
Gene Fraser Northrop Grumman Corporation
Stephen Newton Discovery Air Innovations
David Place
Peter Smith Barton Vale Group
Nawaz, we hope your elections are more honest than those we have in the U. S. Good Luck. 


Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Tue May 14, 2013 1:30AM GMT

Nawaz Sharif, poised to become Pakistan’s prime minister for a third time, has called on Washington to end its drone strikes inside the country.

Speaking to reporters from his family's estate outside the eastern city of Lahore on Monday, Sharif said the drone strikes pose a "challenge" to Pakistan’s national sovereignty, The Associated Press reported.

"Drones indeed are challenging our sovereignty. Of course we have taken this matter up very seriously. I think this is a very serious issue, and our concern must be understood properly," said Sharif.

Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N party appeared on course to secure a majority of seats in Pakistan's parliament and form the next government after claiming victory in Saturday's election.

Pakistan’s tribal regions are often attacked by US assassination drones, with Washington claiming that militants are the targets. However, casualty figures clearly indicate that civilians are the main victims.

The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism said in a report released in February that the United States has carried out more than 360 assassination drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, killing nearly 3,500 people.

The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington.  MORE

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