March 27th, 2012
01:47 AM ET

Obama to meet Pakistani prime minister amid tensions

President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet Tuesday with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani amid efforts by the United States and Pakistan to redefine their relationship after a string of damaging episodes last year.

The meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of a large nuclear security summit meeting in Seoul comes as the Pakistani parliament is expected this week to start debating a committee's recommendation that the United States stop drone strikes inside its territory and apologize unconditionally for airstrikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers in November.

The Parliamentary Committee on National Security, a group of 18 members of parliament responsible for reviewing relations with the United States, made the recommendation in a report to lawmakers last week.

"No overt or covert operations inside Pakistan shall be tolerated," the report said.

The talks Tuesday between Obama and Gilani are the highest profile meeting between the two countries since the airstrikes on November 26 that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Pakistani-Afghan border.

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  1. Drone Strikes Ltd.

    Wrongful death lawsuits might help limit the number of those being droned to death by accident. But it's near impossible to sue a US gov. employee even for gross neglect unless you can prove the neglect was intentional and directed at you. Perhaps international law views this differently?

    March 27, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. LAPD Drone

    If a police drone killed 24 of us by accident there would be hell to pay. Justice for all, even the little turds with their playstation controlled drones killing the wrong people. Wrongful death. We aren't at war with Pakistan, so you can't write these off as collateral damages. A price must be paid.

    March 27, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Apologetic Drone

    (robot speak) My-heart-goes-out-to-family-of-slain. This-is-so-sad.

    March 27, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    1. We will stop drone strikes in Pakistan. 2. ALL monies being given to you will cease! 3. PROVE to us that you are really trying to deal with terrorists within your country. 4. Drone strikes will continue along the Aftan. border. And folks lets not forget that we said for a long time that OBL was in Pakistan, yet they denied it.

    March 27, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. krm1007

    Since Sep 11, 2001, 21,672 Pakistani civilians have lost their lives or have been seriously injured in the war against terror.

    The Pakistani Army also has lost 2,795 soldiers while 8,671 soldiers have been wounded. More than 3.5 million have been displaced while the country has lost $68 billion due to terrorism.

    Despite sacrifices, Pakistan was still engaged in 'the war for world peace”.


    March 27, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Its true that what we asked Pakistan to do for us was not possible for us to ask the other neighboring countries like India, China, Russia or Iran.
    They all 'love' us you know. lol

    March 27, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pakistani Drone Operator

    Pakistan has decided to send drones to patrol America's southern border and end all drugs and illegal weapon traffiking since you won't do it. See how it feels when your family gets droned down by accident.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Pakistani Drone Operator

    Is it Texas or California that has the most domestic terrorists per capita? Looking for a good spot to start droneing.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |