US envoy summoned over drone hit

Statement said latest drone strike would have negative impact on govt’s initiative to undertake dialogue with TTP.


Our Correspondent November 03, 2013
File photo of a drone. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday called the US ambassador to the Foreign Office to register its protest over the recent drone attack, which killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

“Pakistan has condemned drone strikes whenever they have taken place, including the two recent drone attacks that took place on Thursday and Friday,” said the statement.

It said Pakistan had been raising its concern over the drone strikes with the US administration and at the United Nations.

The statement said the latest drone strike would have a negative impact on the government’s initiative to undertake a dialogue with the TTP.

“The government, however, is determined to continue with these efforts to engage with the TTP, to bring an end to the ongoing violence and make them a part of mainstream politics within the parameters of our constitution,” it added.

The statement further said Pakistan had decided to instruct its ambassadors in the capitals of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to call at an appropriate level to brief the host governments on Pakistan’s concerns, “with specific reference to the setback” caused its peace process initiative by the latest drone attack.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2013.

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Shaikh Mohommad | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

This a public relations exercise. Nawaz Sharif is merely playing to the gallery. People should come out on the street and demand the expulsion of US ambassador from Pakistan.

Abid P. Khan | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@CHE: "Stop acting please and there is no need to make your own people fool." . Deception is an art which one has to master when one gets involved in politics. If it is of any help it is practiced every where in the world.

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