QUETTA, Pakistan -- Pakistani tribal elders, political leaders, and scholars gathered on April 6 in the remote Zhob area to address regional security concerns, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.
Local residents -- worried by a "New York Times" report that U.S. drone planes will monitor suspected terrorist hideouts in their region -- requested the meeting.
The Zhob area is located along the southern border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
One person told RFE/RL that more than 150 area leaders met and promised to prevent militants from entering the region, which is in Baluchistan.
The leaders warned that attacking the area with missile-carrying drones will not help regional security and will traumatize the local people.