"This is the message [Pakistan] would like to send the world: it's tough on extremists. And yet, what we're witnessing here is that it's very selective," Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute told ThinkProgress.
While national security experts interviewed for this article believe that the drone program has effectively combated foreign militants with aims of targeting the U.S., there is still a call for further reformation and more transparency.
“[The arrests were] the last resort as there was no other option. There is a lot of pressure on the local administration to tackle these refusals,” Pervez Kamal Khan, the head of health services in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said.