Pakistan’s Sharif: End the Drone Strikes

    Pakistan's incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks to journalists at his farm house in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore on May 13, 2013.  Sharif said that he would be "very happy" to invite India's Manmohan Singh to his swearing-in ceremony. Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two of them over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. AFP PHOTOS/Roberto SCHMIDT        (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pakistan's incoming P.M. Nawaz Sharif on Monday in Lahore. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty)

    Nawaz Sharif hasn’t even been officially declared Pakistan’s prime minister, and he’s already criticizing the U.S. drone strikes. Sharif, poised to become the next prime minister of Pakistan after this weekend’s election, said Monday that U.S. drone strikes are a violation of his country’s sovereignty—although he insisted he wanted a good relationship with Washington. Sharif, 63, frequently criticized the U.S. while on the campaign trail, and he had criticized the former government of pandering to Washington in exchange for aid. The U.S. drone strikes are hugely unpopular in Pakistan, where many believe they kill innocent civilians. But Sharif insisted he would “extend full support” to the U.S. in the military withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014.

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