A change might be coming to U.S. drone policy in Pakistan.
Secretary of State John Kerry explained in an interview with Pakistani television that the U.S. could end drone strikes in the country in the near future. He attributed that possibility to the fact that the U.S. has made progress on the war on terror.
“I think the president has a very real time line," he said on Thursday, "and we hope it's going to be very, very soon.”
When exactly the drone strikes might end remains unclear.
The interview followed a meeting with Pakistan’s new government. Nawaz Sharif, the newly elected prime minister, has promised his country that he will curb U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani territory.
But there are those who claim that the U.S. and Pakistan have both benefited from the use of drones.
C. Christine Fair, Professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University, explains why.