"We believe (Barack) Obama's administration will be worse than that of George Bush," said Nuzzerat Javed, a senior journalist with the Pakistan Times in an e-mail to me early this morning, hours after US-unmanned aircract launched missile attack which killed about 30 in south Waziristan.
Javed, who was one of my classmates for the South Korean Press Institute fellowship in 1996, said another 45 were injured while some houses were demolished.
"If this is how Obama' administration deals with terrorists, they are just like the Israel. If they can easily attack peaceful territory in Pakistan without discussing it with us, he can do that anywhere on earth."This is not the right way. This is Pakistan territory. Our government is doing all the necessary to thwart insurgency on our own soil. When the US did this, it dampens such efforts."
Pakistan spokesman Rehman Malik said the Pakistani Government was doing everything possible to suppress militant activity around the border with Afghanistan and such US attacks violate Pakistani sovereignty.
"All the upper houses and the lower houses, they have unanimously given the advice 'please stop these drones. They are hitting our sovereignty and our government is doing everything possible to stop it.
"I hope that America listens to the advice of the people of Pakistan and I believe America is a big champion of democracy.
"However, if they are after the Taliban, they should cooperate with Pakistan. Launching pre-emptive attacks can strain our relationship,'" he said.