Pakistani opposition to the strikes rests on the fact that they are often carried out unilaterally, without first consulting Pakistani intelligence, and there is often "collateral damage" – i.e. civilian deaths – that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) says it could help the US avoid if it was consulted, reports The Christian Science Monitor.
Gen. Ahmad Suja Pasha, head of the ISI, met with CIA Director Leon Panetta on Monday at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia to discuss how to repair the fraught relationship between the two intelligence agencies, brought to new lows by the Raymond Davis case.
Mr. Davis, a CIA contractor working in the country under the guise of being a low-level US embassy employee, shot and killed two Pakistani men who he claimed were trying to rob him. Davis is believed to have been in the country to gather information on the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
A Pakistani intelligence official told The Guardian that drone attacks have inflamed anti-US feeling in Pakistan so much that it is becoming difficult to justify the "war on terror" within its borders, which Pakistan began of its own volition in 2001.