Pakistan has termed the US drone attacks inside its territory ‘unjustified’ saying these were counterproductive and diminished space for creating support against extremists in the region.
“Our leadership has always condemned these in the strongest terms and [they are] unjustified,” Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told students here at a lecture at the University of Western Australia, organised by the Australian Institute of International Affairs.
Khar, who was there for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), spoke about the challenges facing Pakistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
She categorically rejected that Pakistan was into any “double game”, as alleged by the BBC documentary on the war against terror.
“Had we not been sincere, why would the terrorists and extremists target our innocent people and security forces?” asked Khar.
The Afghan prospect
Khar said Pakistan’s biggest foreign policy objective was peace and stability in the neighbourhood.
She termed the death of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani as the most damaging incident for the Afghanistan peace prospects. She said blaming Pakistan for this was “just complicating” the matters.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2011.