"They are demonstrating that the government of Pakistan is totally ineffective," said Tariq Fatmi, a former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States. "It is further strengthening the extremist sentiments in Pakistan. And of course providing a lot of ammunition for those who would like to place America in the dog house, who want to ascribe all sorts of evil intentions to the United States."
"This is a loss to our country," said Mohammad Yaqub, a Rawalpindi resident. "A lot of children are getting murdered, women, big and small. Like Palestine or Iraq. There are a lot of problems for Muslims. It should not be so."
Keeping the drone strikes allows the Obama administration to pressure Pakistan to crack down on militants operating within its borders.
As the aerial attacks continue the United States is doubling down in Afghanistan, sending as many as 30,000 troops to augment the 32,000 currently in the country. Ten thousand of those troops are expected to be deployed close to the Afghan-Pakistan border, making Islamabad a little worried.
The U.S. military also signaled last week it plans to decrease its dependence on Pakistan as a supply route to deliver supplies and equipment to the troops fighting the war in Afghanistan. Today more than three quarters of the gear passes through Pakistan, but Central Command Chief Gen. David Petraeus told reporters in Islamabad alternative supply routes had been secured.