Are the drone strikes by the USA (from the early 2000's until to date) inside Pakistani border approved by the Pakistani government (e.g. by any secret agreement), or, is the USA doing it unilaterally?

If those drone strikes were not approved by the Pakistani government, why didn't Pakistan take any measure against them (e.g. SAM missile strike on drones, and so on) if the USA never paid heed to them?

  • Not many countries possess the industrial power and knowledge to produce cheap weaponry against drones.
    – mootmoot
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 15:55
  • @mootmoot, FYI Pakistan has eleven Spada 2000 Aspide batteries. Their latest inclusion is Chinese LY-80 .
    – user4514
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 16:19
  • Do you know how large a drone view on radar screen and missile tracking system?
    – mootmoot
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 16:29
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    "by any secret agreemen" - the problem is that any such agreement is... well, secret. No poster here would know about it (or if they happen to know, disclose it). Moreover, some of such "agreements" are unwritten tacit wink wink nod nod understandings rather then anything formal.
    – user4012
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 17:49

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At least in 2013 there was serious government protest.



Why Pakistan hasn't taken military action to stop them is less clear to me.

  • My guess is some, they are fine with (and approved), some were approved but they claim not and publicly complain about for political reasons, some they don't approve about or don't know about, and take issue with. Why no action on the last category? USA sends a good amount of military assistance, and hasn't formally shown any favoritism towards India in their ongoing disputes and general relations. Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 15:31
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    Indeed those are very similar to my guesses, along with the possibility of it being a military problem Pakistan is perhaps un-ready to reliably deal with across a large area they are not particularly in control of. But they are guesses, and I'm not well versed in Pakistan's internal politics or the state of the art military.
    – user9389
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 15:39

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