Pakistan summons US envoy over drone strike inside territory

Published: May 23, 2016
Tariq Fatemi in a meeting US ambassador David Hale. PHOTO: FILE

Tariq Fatemi in a meeting US ambassador David Hale. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan summoned the US ambassador on Monday to express concern over the drone strike inside its territory, which reportedly killed Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

Mansoor is believed to have been killed in a rare US drone strike in Kuchaki area of Naushki district, over 200 kilometres from Quetta, Balochistan.

Ambassador David Hale was called in by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi wherein the latter pointed out that the drone strike was a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, according to a Foreign Office statement.

US forces will continue to go after threats on Pakistani soil

The attack is also a breach of the United Nation’s Charter that guarantees the inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member states, he added.

Fatemi emphasised such actions could adversely impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban.

The Special Assistant to PM underlined that Pakistan and the United States had been closely coordinating in the fight against terrorism, and that this cooperation needed to be maintained.

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.

Pakistan denounces US strike believed to have killed Afghan Taliban chief

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 (18)

  • Haramullah
    May 23, 2016 - 10:32PM

    Brave move, keep it up.Recommend

  • Umair
    May 23, 2016 - 10:35PM

    What else can we do besides summon envoy? Do we really deserve to be called a soveriegn state?Recommend

  • Asad Khan
    May 23, 2016 - 10:48PM

    Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi summoned the US ambassador on Monday to express concern over the drone strike….

    What, wait a minute, is Special Asst is even allowed by protocol to summoned an ambassador of any country? is not the job of Foreign Secretary or something?. And if indeed the Assistant summoned the Ambassador then why he just showing “concern” not protest?

    ……Nawaz Sharif is really want to commit political suicide.


  • Fareed Ashraf Chaudhry
    May 23, 2016 - 11:07PM

    …..and what happens next?


    Pakistan can only ‘express concern’. That’s about all it can do.Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 23, 2016 - 11:13PM

    I hope Mr. Fatemi took the time to explain to the US Ambassador what Mullah Mansour was doing in Pakistani territory with fake Pakistani papers and why Pakistani authorities did not arrest him and hand him over to their ally in the war on terror, the United States.Recommend

  • Zahid Jamil
    May 23, 2016 - 11:41PM

    I hope we thank him and apologies for not having done this sooner ourselves. If we refuse to exert our sovereignty against the miscreanats and fulfill state responsibility and take preventive measures international law allows countermeasures.Recommend

    May 24, 2016 - 12:11AM

    Fatemi tried to discuss the delivery schedule of 8 F16 after Pakistani honored its part in barter system.but USA told Fatemi to DO MORE. Recommend

    May 24, 2016 - 12:14AM

    Both Sharifs were notified, one in uniform and other not in uniform.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    May 24, 2016 - 1:08AM

    Fatemi has a US flag behind him?? Can’t be the Pakistan FO then?? He probably went to the US Embassy not to give them any offense. He is not a quality man, weak intellectually and a brown noser. Recommend

  • Iqbal
    May 24, 2016 - 1:52AM

    Do the Americans really care? Tariq Fatemi knows very well that if he upsets them there will not be any aid. Recommend

  • khattak
    May 24, 2016 - 2:25AM

    I apologize to the people & Government of United States of America for paying me to do a job but at the end they have to do the job by themselves.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 24, 2016 - 3:25AM

    Expressing concern or thanking them.Recommend

  • Dallas Ali
    May 24, 2016 - 3:37AM

    I applaud President Obama’s decision to take this terrorist.

    It is a dirty job but someone had to do it. Hail the Chief.Recommend

  • Tp
    May 24, 2016 - 6:29AM

    @Umair: “What else can we do besides summon envoy?”
    If Pakistan still does not know the answer to your question, the situation has a long way to go before it gets better.Recommend

  • Shahdab
    May 24, 2016 - 7:01AM

    Thank you Mr. Special assistant. We’ve noted. See you next time. Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    May 24, 2016 - 7:07AM

    Body language of the envoy says it all, he and his paymasters do not give it a damn!Recommend

  • avtar
    May 24, 2016 - 8:05AM

    This is not the first drone strike nor will it be the last. Does Pakistan not know if the Taliban chief was in its territory! Why does Pakistan not use its arsenal of drones and other weapons against the US.Recommend

  • India
    May 24, 2016 - 8:39AM

    It is a repetition of the same drama, and for a simple reason … demand for a quid-pro-quo … Pakistan’s protest actually means, where is the money in return … ??!! Recommend

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