NORTH WAZIRISTAN: The Foreign Office of Pakistan has strongly condemned the drone attack in North Waziristan which killed 10 people on Saturday.
In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Moazzam Ahmed Khan said, “Pakistan has consistently maintained that these illegal attacks are a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and are in contravention of international law. It is our considered view that the strategic disadvantages of such attacks far outweigh their tactical advantages, and are therefore, totally counterproductive.”
At least 10 people were killed while one was injured when an unmanned aerial drone attacked a house in Darr-e-Nishtar, North Waziristan, early on Saturday morning.
According to details the US drone fired four missiles on the house in the Shawal valley in a pre-dawn attack. The death toll is also expected to rise.
Rescue officials cited the presence of at least four drones in the skies overhead, fearing which rescue efforts had been delayed.
Late last month, a drone strike in North Waziristan killed four suspected militants and injured three others while destroying a girls school.
The attack had drawn widespread criticism from Pakistan, which chose to lodge a formal complaint with the US over the attack, the Foreign Office summoned the US Political Councillor in Islamabad.
The political setup also criticised the attack, with Senator Raza Rabbani declaring that the US had to start respecting Pakistan’s red lines.
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