| GEO Pakistan|
| Pakistan pushes US for drones|
| Updated at: 2312 PST, Wednesday, February 25, 2009|
WASHINGTON: Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says his country has asked the United States to provide unmanned planes that would allow Pakistan to strike extremists hiding in rugged terrain along the Afghan border.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Wednesday in an interview with a foreign news agency that Pakistan, and not the United States, should control the missile strikes that have killed high-level extremists but also infuriated many Pakistanis.
He says giving Pakistan the technology would help ease one of the most sensitive issues in U.S.-Pakistan ties.
The U.S. missiles are fired from drones believed launched from neighboring Afghanistan.
Qureshi says the matter was raised in a meeting with President Barack Obama's national security adviser, retired Gen. James Jones.