KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday condemned in strongest terms the drone attack in Data Khel area of North Waziristan and asked the US to also pay blood money for those who lost their lives in the assault.
Speaking at an event held in Karachi in connection with the party’s foundation day via telephone, Altaf expressed his sense of outrage at the way innocent people of South Waziristan were targeted.
The US must pay blood money for the victims, he demanded.
He said if the US so desires, “we are ready to pay diyat for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui”.
He said the MQM would issue its official stance on the matter of Raymond Davis’ release today.
He said the drone strikes are tantamount to attacking Pakistan’s independence and sovereignty which could adversely affect the ongoing war on terrorism.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 18th, 2011.