Pakistan condemns Friday's drone strike

Published: November 1, 2013

The statement notes that "such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations." PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: With unconfirmed reports that a drone strike in Dandey Darpakhel in Miranshah area of North Waziristan targeting a compound in the use of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, the government of Pakistan condemns the strike.

According to a statement released from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday evening, it repeated its stance that drone strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that there is an across the board consensus in Pakistan that these drone strikes must end.

The statement added that the Pakistan government has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications.

“Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations.”

The statement added that drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region.

According to initial reports of the strike on Friday, the second in two days, killed at least five people as the drone fired two missiles on a compound in Dandey Darpakhel.

Earlier on Thursday, a strike targeted another compound and car in the Miranshah Bazaar and killed at least three people.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • shah
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:36PM

    These guys just copy paste the same condemnation everytime. lolRecommend

  • unbelievable
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:38PM

    Hakimullah Mehsud. and his thugs have killed 40,000 innocent Pakistani’s – the real crime here is that the USA knew where this guy lived but the expensive Pakistan military either didn’t or ignored him.Recommend

  • Shabbir
    Nov 1, 2013 - 9:38PM

    “the government of Pakistan condemns the strike.” Government of Pakistan? Also known as PMLN?

    Taliban Sharif? Taliban Nisar?

    Oh sorry fake liberals, I meant taliban khan, don’t kill me.Recommend

  • Shan
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:09PM

    Condemn the strike and do nothing.We are a hopeless country. Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:22PM

    The present sitting government is not capable to deal with the drone attacks issue in which innocent people are also killed.

    Let the drone issue should be dealth by Imran Khan alone and people of Pakistan will see how drone attacks will come to a complete halt within one hour from the time Imran Khan will take the drones issue in his capable hands.Recommend

  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:27PM

    Usa helping Ir Pakistan to become modren and state of the art country Drone strikes are one of them! killing of Pakistanis Muslims in tribal areas has become a testing ground for usa drones of course endorsed by the pakistanis authorities!Recommend

  • Hafiz
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:31PM

    stop this condemns drama & double speak.one side taking aid from USA another side condemns on drone strike. shame on beggar country.Recommend

  • mehsud
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:35PM

    hakim is dead where r u ETRecommend

  • Jibran
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:37PM

    @Shabbir:
    Both are guilty and have blood of innocents on their hands. TTP Punjab is the militant wing of PMLN, and TTP mehsud is the militant wing of PTI. Between them Pakistanis are getting crushed.Recommend

  • Baba Ji
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:39PM

    zzzZZZZ !!!Recommend

  • Uzair Malik
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:55PM

    @jibran: dude you know that’s not true! The only person who stands up against all sorts of injustice but I think it’s so hard for us to believe that we have such a man in this corrupt lot of politicians that we give him various titles. Shame on us! We have lost all right to be called a nation!! Shame on you all!!Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 1, 2013 - 10:58PM

    We want ambassador to uk kamran shafi to use automatic weapons of private pakistanis to end these drones dropping smart bombs on not so smart pakistanisRecommend

  • gp65
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:26PM

    Pakistan government condemns killing of Kakimullah Mehsud – the man who has owned the killings of Pakistani children in playgrounds, Pakistani school girls in school buses, Pakistani women in markets, Pakistani men in mosques and Pakistani tourists as well. Wow!Recommend

  • np
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:34PM

    @Uzair Malik: Imran does not condemn TTP for killing polio workers. Imrn does not condemn TTP for killing tourists in GB, Imran does not condemn anyone when Hindu girls are being kidnapped, raped and forcibly converted and the court system supports it, Imran does not speak up when Ahmadis are forbidden from worshipping on Eid.

    But Imran does condemn attacks on TTP.

    So no he does not stand against all kinds of injustice. He only speaks up when his own political interests are involved or the safety of TTP whom he represents is involved.Recommend

  • logic
    Nov 1, 2013 - 11:34PM

    Thank you AmericaRecommend

  • sure?
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:09AM

    @Syed A. Mateen: “Let the drone issue should be dealth by Imran Khan alone and people of Pakistan will see how drone attacks will come to a complete halt within one hour from the time Imran Khan will take the drones issue in his capable hands.”

    Really? DO tell me how? By stopping the supply routes? You already tried that as a country. You stopped supply routes for 8 months. US did not bend. The only thing stopping supply routes will do is that it will stop coalition support funds.

    If you think Imran orders PAF to strike down a drone after drone has beheaded so many soldiers of Pakistani army, what are the chances that Pakistani armed forces will carry out the order? Remember – unlike USA or India, Pakistani armed forces do not report to civilians and are considered an independent ‘idara’.

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  • Zeeshan Khan
    Nov 2, 2013 - 12:30AM

    PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif is the PAPER LION. He does not have the courage to tell truth to Pakistani nation. He will never be able to take single step to secure the lives of Pakistanis. He is nothing but a sheer disappointment and shame for us.

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  • Uzair Malik
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:03AM

    @ np:
    Yes because he does not want these extremists idiots to wage a war against his party as well. A patriot as proven by record, would never support any of the acts you have mentioned-not because he supports-but being diplomatic just to bring them on the negotiation table that would stop the mass killing and the petty issues you have mentioned is not terrorism, it’s internal issues that can be dealt with reforms. There were 8000 rapes in a year in Punjab Mr! Compared to peanuts in the other provinces. None of the punjabi mafia of politicians have done anything to curb it! And better not touch the religious issues in a radicalised society as pak!
    Now call me a Taliban, go ahead!!

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  • Jim
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:22AM

    Pakistan and its governments have no credibility in international eyes. It is a joke of a country. It doesn’t know whether to support or condemn drone strikes, whether to support or condemn terrorism, and whether to support or condemn America. It is a divided, rotting nation held together by the greed of its military and politicians.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 2, 2013 - 1:56AM

    Blah Blah Blah Sovereignty, Blah Blah Blah Outrage, Blah Blah Blah Integrity!!!
    Few know that this Drone Strike actually used the new super secret AGM-206 “Look-Eye” terminally guided munition! This weapon actually hovers near tree top level and digitally scans all the Vanity License Plates on vehicles in the target zone before homing in on the predetermined vehicle plate!
    Since Meshud’s plate was well know in the area to be “TTP 1″, then he was toast as soon as the “Look-Eye” spotted his vehicle!!!
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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 2, 2013 - 3:28AM

    Well, Hakeemullah Meshud has been killed several times now. I wonder if this is the final claim by the Americans? It seems like a repeat of the OBL saga. Apparently OBL had the deadly Marfan Syndrome, which he died of about ten years ago. However, good old President Obama brought OBL back to life and then killed him again after loosing at least two helicopters and goodness knows how many navy seals. Almost similar to the New Testament, isn’t? It would seem that President Obama also appears to have lots and lots of ardent followers who believe in his capacity to create miracles.

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  • Dr.A.K .Tewari
    Nov 2, 2013 - 8:39AM

    Thanks USA on behalf of Pakistan .

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  • Dr.A.K .Tewari
    Nov 2, 2013 - 8:40AM

    Thanks USA on behalf of Pakistan since they are hesitating .

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  • HN
    Nov 2, 2013 - 2:43PM

    @unbelievable

    The US knew about this guy from day one and only killed him because he was siding with pakistan in peace process. US needs these puppets only when they are acting on their words. Once they are useless, they are terminated.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Nov 2, 2013 - 6:39PM

    @HN:
    Dear HN,
    I quite agree. It does appear that the US does not wish to have a peace process on the agenda. But then this is not really a surprise. The US has attacked and created mayhem in at least 30 countries over the last 50 years or so. It was once said that America’s business is business. Now America’s business is perpetual war. If America ever does move out of the Sub-continent I wonder who they will pick on next? There are not too many countries left.

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