Pakistan to raise drone attacks issue at the UN, says FO

Published: September 12, 2013
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Drone attacks to be raised at the United Nations, says Foreign Office. PHOTO: AFP

Drone attacks to be raised at the United Nations, says Foreign Office. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office spokesperson Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said on Thursday that the issue of drone strikes will be brought up at the United Nations, Express News reported.

In a briefing in Islamabad, Chaudhry said that drone attacks violate the sovereignty of Pakistan. He confirmed that Pakistan had released 33 Afghan Taliban prisoners in an attempt to aid reconciliation in Afghanistan

The whereabouts of some of these prisoners is now unknown.

No action should be taken against Syria without the permission of the United Nations, he added further.

According to the spokesperson, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to Turkey on September 16.

Pakistan had previously condemned drone strikes in the country.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministry had reiterated Pakistan’s stance that “these unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Pakistan has repeatedly emphasised the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes.”

The strikes “have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region,” the statement had added.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • PakPower
    Sep 12, 2013 - 2:58PM

    Finally, but I doubt any good will come from this. They should just shoot a drone down the next time it crosses the border. There is no other solution.

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  • Citizen Kane
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:08PM

    We should be careful. What if someone raises the issue that North Waziristan (Pakistani territory) is under the control of foreign (Yemeni, Chechen, Uzbek, Afghan, Egyptian) citizens who use it to attack Afghanistan?

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  • Mukhtar
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:10PM

    @PakPower:
    Well I agree with you but shooting down drones should be the last option. First lets try to stop it through all available channels. And they must figure out where is the Drone’s Air Base. It could be in Pakistan. U never know.

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  • anand
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:19PM

    What took so long ?

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  • Truth Seeker.
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:51PM

    For the 100th time.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Sep 12, 2013 - 3:56PM

    @anand:
    Consensus!Recommend

  • suzo
    Sep 12, 2013 - 5:06PM

    And the US is planning to attack syria without the UNO’s consent! US doesn’t care UNO

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  • bangash
    Sep 12, 2013 - 6:42PM

    US will respond by saying these drones take off from Pakistani territory.

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  • Shining
    Sep 12, 2013 - 6:50PM

    @Citizen Kane:
    Well said. Please I hope Pakistan does go to UN. Then they’ll realise how hollow the claims are. High time Pakistanis get to know why only North Waziristan is droned and not Peshawar or Lahore or Abbotabad.
    North Waziristan; where even our Supreme Court doesn’t have jurisdiction.

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  • abc
    Sep 12, 2013 - 7:50PM

    It seems that the issue is being not being properly addressed which was supposed to be resolved by strong diplomacy. If you are so weak than you can make hue and cry otherwise going to UN will not result anything other than blame game e.g (safe havens). There is no need to go to UN when there is clear instruction under UN charter that every nation has the right to self defense its territorial integrity.

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  • csmann
    Sep 12, 2013 - 11:42PM

    @abc:
    Nation has been unable to defend 50,000 of its citizens from terrorists occupying its territory.

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  • greg
    Sep 13, 2013 - 2:03AM

    What are you complaining about? Somebody has to clean up North Waziristan. Pakistan is clearly not capable. If FATA is such a sovereign region, why is it run by a shadow Sharia government?

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