US drone strikes on Pakistani territory must stop: COAS

Published: June 1, 2016
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Army chief General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday said US drone strikes on Pakistani territory are regrettable and must stop as they are a threat to the sovereignty and security of the country, Express News reported.

“US drone strikes in Pakistani territory are regrettable and must stop,” said General Raheel while speaking to the media after President Mamnoon Hussain’s address to the joint session of Parliament.

General Raheel Sharif was present at the session marking the start of the new parliamentary year along with the navy and air force chiefs.

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“China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a national project and must be completed at any cost,” the army chief added.

Regarding the ongoing war on terror, General Raheel said, “The war on terror will be completed at any cost.” He also lauded the efforts of those participating in Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

General Raheel also briefed the president on his visit to Turkey where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised Pakistan Army’s accomplishments in Operation Zarb-e-Azb and its contributions to regional peace and stability.

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Further, adamant that internally-displaced persons (IDPs) would return home this year, General Raheel said “I told them they would return home this year but they can’t believe it.”

Earlier, the army chief warned the recent US drone strike targeting late Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was detrimental to bilateral relations between the two countries. The army chief’s reaction came during a meeting with the Ambassador of US David Hale at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, a statement issued by Inter Services Public relations (ISPR) said.

Drone strike on Pakistani soil detrimental to relations with US: Army chief

While expressing serious concerns over the drone strike, COAS said such acts of sovereignty violations are detrimental to relations between both countries and are counter-productive for ongoing peace process for regional stability.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • SB
    Jun 1, 2016 - 1:21PM

    And hosting international terrorists is what? fashionable?Recommend

  • nadeem
    Jun 1, 2016 - 1:32PM

    The general realizes he cannot confront a superpower militarily, yet is probably unwilling to let go of a policy that invites attacks from the superpower…….. the policy to provide sanctuary and legal cover to insurgents from other countries. Recommend

  • dogla
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:07PM

    stop double playing the world general and send back the afghanisRecommend

  • Blackwater
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:18PM

    Being a Security Czar of a nation, if you cant stop the violation of sovereignty in US raid at Aboattabad or Drones in Baluchistan, Fata & other areas, then just shut up and let the business go as usual for pakistan!Recommend

  • JD
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:24PM

    Have lots of respect for this Raheel shareef, but I this was unexpected. If it really is regrettable, why not add a stipulation that further strikes will result in retaliation?Recommend

  • Zack
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:25PM

    There job to defend Pakistan, specially our Air Force should shoot the down any drone. And not to give lame statement Recommend

  • LOL
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:28PM

    @SB: you would know, its almost like having a killer PM (Modi)Recommend

  • whatever
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:32PM

    few years ago an American aircraft carrying 205 US Marines was forced to land at Mumbai airport for allegedly violating Indian airspace. After 2 days grilling they were allowed to go but not before paying fines even when USA is a friendly country. Now thats called sovereignty not a blabbering to keep public happy Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:32PM

    Mind the commentators here. The policy of drone strikes has been brought by the politicians and not the Army. Recommend

  • Patriot
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:45PM

    @SB:
    Dear, sheltring ttp in afghanistan by usa and afghan govt is legal? suporting financially ttp type groups by india under usa and afghan govt approval to attack pakistan is legal? then harbouring and supporting afghan taliban by pakistan as bargaining chip for peace in our country is also legal.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Jun 1, 2016 - 2:52PM

    @nadeem:
    The policy of harbouring taliban is our only option against cia,nds,raw colabration to harbour and support ttp and other anti pakistan groups to destablize and dismantle our cntry and its nuclear program. Its not our wish, we r forced to keep something to bargin our stabilityRecommend

  • Saleem
    Jun 1, 2016 - 3:27PM

    Look at the Indian trolls in the comments. There love and concern for Pakistan runs sooo deep. Look at the value system they hold , it is so pious but alas, only if they will stop funding the terrorists in Pakistan then we can get rid of such headlines.Recommend

  • Shabaz Ali
    Jun 1, 2016 - 3:44PM

    Legal cover? Lol @nadeem: Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jun 1, 2016 - 3:46PM

    Being the most powerful Islamic country, that has nuclear weapons, you can not say anything to the US? Even China is very quite !! What happened?Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Jun 1, 2016 - 7:39PM

    You took Defense and Foreign affairs matters from elected govt, you flew to US uninvited dozens of time and this is all you have to say! May be its time for you to start respecting peoples vote and let civilians govt run its business. They fail, you fail but at least civilian govt have to go back to electorate unlike you.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jun 1, 2016 - 8:14PM

    Is it a request or a threat?Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jun 1, 2016 - 8:38PM

    I’m not sure if this line of indirect communication to the US is ever going to work. Why don’t you say this directly. Clearly, there are two policies, and one of them is for public consumption only.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Jun 2, 2016 - 2:15AM

    Knock! Knock!! Is anybody listening? Why not?Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jun 2, 2016 - 3:21AM

    Yes General Raheel Sharif is right, US drone strikes in Pakistani territory are regrettable and must stop,
    We stand with our Army General Raheel Sharif Zindabad Pakistan PaindabadRecommend

  • Afghan
    Jun 2, 2016 - 5:39AM

    He is just saying and im sure he has sought US permission before making such comments coz at the end of the day he knows his country and the economy heavily rely on the US aid!Recommend

  • Shenaz
    Jun 2, 2016 - 6:29AM

    @Raghu:
    Like as if Mush was a politicianRecommend

  • pankaj
    Jun 2, 2016 - 6:58AM

    @Zack:
    Shoot down American drone??
    Think twice before saying this.Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Jun 2, 2016 - 8:17AM

    President of US of A says that he has noted Gen. Sahib’s reaction and will look at google maps before ordering another strike inside our pure-land. He has also assured that in the next strike the missile will be different kind, it will swoop and detach head of the intended target and will explode with it once it gets out of our borders. “Shukriya, Gen Sahib for bringing this to my notice” said the President.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 2, 2016 - 8:32AM

    Would remind all that America/Afghanistan asked Pakistan to quit sheltering and supporting those “Good Taliban” Drone Targets for more than a dozen years to no effect!Recommend

  • Balanced
    Jun 2, 2016 - 8:37AM

    @Jibran:
    RS has given a balanced and realistic statement. There does not seem to be two policies. That is only a figment of your negative imagination, as usual.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 2, 2016 - 8:52AM

    What about Taliban presence in the settles and tribal areas of Pakistan, should not you ask yourself to stop them there and send them to their respective countries. Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 2, 2016 - 9:21AM

    @Patriot:
    Dear @Patriot:
    Question: and just WHEN did Pakistan CREATE and nurture Jihadi Good Taliban for use against its neighbors???
    Answer: A VERY long time before TTP got out of control and moved to Afghanistan, and a long time before America came to fight Taliban, etc etc!Recommend

  • Now
    Jun 2, 2016 - 9:58PM

    @Jibran:
    Now, Raheel Sharif is more fervent as he says “condemnation is a small word for drone attacks.” This clearly shows that there is no double-speak on the issue.Recommend

  • No use
    Jun 3, 2016 - 2:17AM

    @Now:
    It is no use to bring this to Jibran’s notice as he is a cynic.Recommend

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