Drone strike: Pakistan lodges protest with US embassy

Published: October 11, 2012
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs says drone strikes equal to violation of international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty. PHOTO: FILE

Ministry of Foreign Affairs says drone strikes equal to violation of international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: After two drone strikes in two days killed more than 20 people in the tribal areas, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs lodged a protest with the US embassy on Thursday.

Calling the attacks unacceptable, the ministry said drone strikes equal to violation of international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty.

At least 17 suspected militants were killed and more than 20 sustained injuries when a US drone fired missiles at a militants’ compound in the Bulandkhel area of Upper Orakzai Agency on October 11.

Whereas on October 10, a similar strike in North Waziristan killed five people.

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  • Polpot
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:41PM

    And now Russia also supports that!
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    Pakistan Russia bhai bhai.

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  • Oct 11, 2012 - 10:41PM

    “the ministry said drone strikes equal to violation of international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty.”

    The ministry should be aware that under UNSCR 1373 Pakistan has the binding sovereign obligation in international law to eliminate terrorists, terror-training camps, terror havens, and terror financing from its territory and that failure to do so nulls Pakistani sovereignty. Indeed, the citizens of Pakistan should be made aware of this as well.

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  • Polpot
    Oct 11, 2012 - 10:42PM

    Ms Khar during her month long US stay in US had proudly declared a ‘better understanding’re drones
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    So why the current misunderstanding?

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  • SSM
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:49PM

    Pakistan must protest that drone should be on daily bases!

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  • fazal nasir khan
    Oct 11, 2012 - 11:57PM

    Yes the ministry is aware and Pakistan is binded to his obligation too. But how about the innocent people that killed in drone attacks. The drone attacks creates hatred for America in people who suffer this cruel act. The army is enough that takes actions against terrorists. Every citizen of Pak knows very well the will of America.Recommend

  • Zia Syed
    Oct 12, 2012 - 12:11AM

    possible response from US: LOL!

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  • Uza Syed
    Oct 12, 2012 - 12:14AM

    It is fine by me! I’d go along with anything—-lesser evil is better and tolerable than the greater evil. Terrorism and these terrorists are greater threat for us and we must get them by any means necessary.

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  • jihDid
    Oct 12, 2012 - 12:22AM

    For Malala where can we lodge protests?

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  • dou
    Oct 12, 2012 - 12:25AM

    I am a Pakistani and I support drones.

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  • Hello1
    Oct 12, 2012 - 12:45AM

    Crocodile tears. The most worthy President of this country is on record, having told the Americans to carry on and that he does not care about co-lateral damage. The official policy of double faced deceit viz. private acceptance and public condemnation is nothing short of shameful. This is how the master servant relationship works. Oh yes does anybody even remember the unanimous resolution of our so-called sovereign Parliament?

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  • Oct 12, 2012 - 2:03AM

    Drone attackes has become a base of conflict between The United States and Pakistan ..
    the contention of counterproductve has been overlooked by The States time and time again.
    The fact is that drone strategy adopted by the United States has become a great hurld in the peace process.

    Pakistan is worst victime of Afghan conflict,sacrifycing more than 43 thousands lives and sufferiing economic destruction with more than billions.

    Being a neighoure of Afghanistan Pakistan has had to pay huge price during decad long war..

    Past is witness,consisting on more than ten years proved that peace in Afghanistan is in the interest of The United States,Afghanistan,Pakistan and the region.
    Drones are not a solution ,on the contrary,increasing hatred among the allies.

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 12, 2012 - 3:11AM

    Pakistan also lodged protest with Taliban shura on shooting of malaly and other innocent girls.We are having the worst govt in history.

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  • Oct 12, 2012 - 4:06AM

    Might is right.Recommend

  • Yaayyyy!
    Oct 12, 2012 - 2:19PM

    Great, 20 dead, justice served! This drone strike will ensure that no future incidents like Malala’s shooting occur in the future. #durrfittaymuun!

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  • Moeen Isb
    Oct 23, 2012 - 10:22PM

    @Solomon2
    so what about the plane attacks on pentagon and world trade center from where the policies for covert operation all over the world is generating against the Muslims in the name of WoT..the difference is just on which extreme side you are on a continuum…its easy to say any thing to please the super power but the sole super power is who created us and know every thing about us with out any surveillance or spying devices ….

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