The leaked cables revealed that Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani sought the US help during the FATA operation. According to WikiLeaks, some Pakistani security officials used to inform the US consulate in Peshawar about the views of General Kayani and the strategy of the Pakistan Army in the war against terrorism. According to the cables, the US account of Kayani’s request for “Predator coverage” does not make clear if mere air surveillance were being requested or missile-armed drones were being sought. The cable sent in February 2008 divulged that Kayani had assured Admiral Fallon in a meeting that the army would restrict its role to maintaining law and order during the general elections.
But, Pakistan army has rejected the Wikileaks reports that the military brass had sought US drone back-up for its military operation against militants. Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement issued here Friday said that the news was baseless as the Pakistan’s military had never requested for drone support in its war against terrorism. The statement said that the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jointly launched military offensives “Operation Rah-e-Rast and “Operation Rah-e-Nijat in Swat and tribal region respectively.