Punjab Assembly adopts resolution condemning US drone strike in Pakistan

Published: May 23, 2016
Mansoor was reportedly killed in a very rare US drone strike deep inside Pakistan in Kuchaki area of Naushki district. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Mansoor was reportedly killed in a very rare US drone strike deep inside Pakistan in Kuchaki area of Naushki district. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly (PA) unanimously passed on Monday a resolution condemning US drone strike believed to have killed Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

Mansoor was reportedly killed in a rare US drone strike deep inside Pakistan in Kuchaki area of Naushki district, over 200 kilometres away from Quetta, Balochistan.

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While the Washington said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was notified of the strike, Islamabad denounced the attack and termed it as a violation of its air space, saying only negotiations could bring a lasting peace to Afghanistan.

The resolution was brought out by Opposition Leader Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed with the consent of the treasury benches.

“The US drone strike in Pakistan that claims to have killed Mullah Mansoor is a question for the sovereignty of Pakistan. This is an attack on the autonomy and independence of Pakistan,” the resolution said.

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“This house demands from the federal government that US ambassador in Pakistan should be summoned to foreign office and the government should record its protest,” it added.

The resolution went on to demand that the government should ensure the United States refrains from carrying out such attacks inside Pakistan’s territory in future.

Terming the death an “important milestone” in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said the US forces will continue to go after threats on Pakistani soil.

Iran denies Mullah Mansour crossed Iran’s border to enter Pakistan

The US has carried out hundreds of drone strikes in Pakistan, mainly in the country’s border tribal regions with Afghanistan, with leaked documents showing Islamabad had quietly consented, despite publicly protesting.

On May 18, senior officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States and China had agreed to give peace a chance, saying talks remain the only option for bringing an end to the lingering conflict in Afghanistan.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • khan of karachi
    May 23, 2016 - 9:45PM

    mass protest across pakistan need to be organised against drone strike. We should only recognize Afgan taliban as Afganistans government.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    May 23, 2016 - 10:04PM

    “condemning..” ? The word of the gutless or more accurately complicit gutless. Pakistan, nuclear or not, is certainly no Iran when it comes to upholding its dignity and self-respect.Recommend

  • NHA
    May 23, 2016 - 11:12PM

    Wali Mohd ( Mansoor ) crossed into Pakistan from Iran and immediately got shot by U.S. It must be investigated if it was in Iran that US was guided to this target.

    Another , what kind of Taliban leader was he that he hired a vehicle for Rs. 13000 to travel that alone with an unknown driver. Recommend

  • vinsin
    May 24, 2016 - 12:40AM

    What happened to sovereignty when you demand aids, finance etc from USA?Recommend

  • Sodomite
    May 24, 2016 - 1:09AM

    Who gives a rat’s behind for PA??Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    May 24, 2016 - 3:55AM

    Pakistan’s ‘double-games’ is the narrative being played all over the world. As long as we don’t come clean this narrative will never go away. These protests will only strengthen this narrative. That is why its better to keep quiet at this stage and in the long term eradicate terrorism from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shah
    May 24, 2016 - 5:58AM

    PA is scared that one of these days this drone is going to reach the extremist safe havens in their province and God know how hard they ah e been trying to hide/deny their existence. Recommend

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