Pakistan Leader Calls For U.S. To End Drone Strikes

The prime minister made the comments hours before leaked documents showed a history of the Pakistani government secretly cooperating with the drone strike campaign

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan called for President Barack Obama to end the U.S. campaign of drone strikes in his country Wednesday — but the entreaty was awkwardly undercut by a report that detailed the Pakistani government’s history of secretly endorsing the the drone campaign.

Sharif’s public plea followed a meeting with Obama at the White House. He told reporters after the meeting that he “brought up the issue of drones in our meeting, emphasizing the need for an end to such strikes,” Reuters reports.

Pakistani leaders have long decried the unmanned drone program in public, but the Washington Post reported Thursday that leaked documents showed the two countries cooperated on drone strikes between 2007 and 2011.