By Nasir Habib, reporting from Islamabad
The new chief of Pakistan's spy agency will urge the United States to end drone strikes on Pakistani soil and identify targets that the country's security forces can then attack, a senior intelligence official said.
Lt. Gen. Zahirul Islam will deliver the message during a meeting with the head of the CIA on August 2, said the Pakistani intelligence official, who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
"You (the U.S.) develop a target and let us hit it," Islam will tell CIA Director David Petraeus, the official said. "It would be ideal if the U.S. provides drone technology to Pakistan."
Islam's call will continue an ongoing refrain from Pakistan about the CIA's controversial drone program. Pakistani officials and lawmakers have demanded an immediate end to the drone strikes, saying they have led to civilian deaths.
In keeping with its general policy, the CIA would not comment on meetings between the Director and senior foreign officials, including whether the Pakistan intelligence chief will be in Washington on August 2nd to see the CIA Director.
A U.S. official did offer some perspective to CNN's Pam Benson on what actions the U.S. thinks Pakistan could take to combat terrorism.
“The US supports the Pakistanis taking more responsibility for ridding the tribal areas of al-Qaeda and its militant allies. There are several actions the Pakistanis could offer that would have an immediate impact on reclaiming parts of their country from al-Qaeda, the TTP, and the Haqqanis for good," the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity when discussing intelligence matters, said. "The Pakistanis clearly have had, and will have, opportunities to show they are serious about taking actions with a practical effect on rooting out terrorists.”