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Green light for one US drone strike: Musharraf

26 November, 2014

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Former president Pervez Musharraf, who is widely believed to have authorized the drone program during his time in office, today clarified he only gave the green light for ‘one’ US drone strike.

“I only gave permission once after we were short on time and were shown evidence against a prominent militant group,” he said in an interview.

Despite, claiming that he only gave the green signal once, Musharraf admitted nine drone strikes were carried out during his tenure.

Musharraf has largely been held responsible for allowing the US drone campaign in the tribal regions of Pakistan.

Also, the former military ruler said that he chose to return to the country.

“I believe in democracy but at the same time I believe that democratic rule similar to that in United Kingdom and the United States cannot be implemented in Pakistan,” Musharraf concluded.

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