Pakistan had asked US to halt drone strikes, FO says

Published: February 6, 2014
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Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam PHOTO: FILE

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it wanted a complete halt of US drone attacks and not just a decrease in the frequency.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, in her weekly briefing, said Pakistan’s stance on drone strikes is very clear in that they are unacceptable as they kill innocent people and are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

She said Pakistan has consistently discussed this issue with the United States and demanded that these territorial violations should end.

“Our stance on drones has also been endorsed by the international community,” she added.

Lull in strikes

The United States has cut back sharply on drone strikes in Pakistan after the Islamabad government asked for restraint while it seeks peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The Post quoted a US official as saying, “That’s what they asked for, and we didn’t tell them no.”

The newspaper said there had been a lull in such attacks since December, the longest break since 2011. The newspaper said the Obama administration indicated it would continue carrying out strikes on senior al Qaeda officials if they were to become available or to thwart any immediate threat to Americans.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Feb 6, 2014 - 5:29PM

    That was rather cute Ms. AslamRecommend

  • Satti
    Feb 6, 2014 - 5:30PM

    Yes we want no drone but we want to continue operations. Because we want to kill the innocents with are own hand…..!!!!

    Please make up your mind. If you want war than go completely for it..if you want peace than have peace..This mixed instance will not help any one…Recommend

  • Pakk
    Feb 6, 2014 - 5:34PM

    They lent you a finger and you grabbed their hand! Dont push them. Recommend

  • Be Careful
    Feb 6, 2014 - 6:05PM

    Now, don’t be bragging about it. Loud declarations as these can have adverse effects. Pakistan’s discreet behind the scenes diplomatic success should not be put under pressure of public pronouncements.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 6, 2014 - 6:22PM

    @Satti:

    Well said. You got it!

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Atif I. Malik
    Feb 6, 2014 - 7:21PM

    Why Pak Govt only asked for a restrain in use of US drones – why not complete stoppage as mandated by last APC + previous ones & earlier Parliament Resolutions?Recommend

  • Adil
    Feb 6, 2014 - 8:24PM

    Maam FO Spokewoman, Please do away with make-up. It looks unprofessional. As is you are attractive woman ….. and what you said.Recommend

  • rkfrom ny
    Feb 6, 2014 - 11:44PM

    ….yea..and US always listens to what you say..!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha

    Recommend

  • Humayun
    Feb 7, 2014 - 1:03PM

    hahahaha.. sounds like …even the Indian goverment handled their diplomat’s case (Divrani) with more tact, swiftness, firmness and clarity

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  • Stranger
    Feb 7, 2014 - 2:34PM

    The DRONE – The national bird of Pak. Recommend

  • Harkol
    Feb 7, 2014 - 7:37PM

    But did they also say “pretty please”?

    If no, it doesn’t count!!

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