Pakistan condemns latest US drone strikes

FO spokesperson says rumours of Pakistan requesting the attack were "speculation".

Afp/web Desk June 12, 2014
Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. PHOTO: INP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan strongly condemned on Thursday the latest US drone strikes in North Waziristan, which killed at least 16 militants in the first such attacks since December.

The Foreign Office issued a tersely-worded statement condemning the strikes as "a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity".

"Additionally, these strikes have a negative impact on the government's efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region," the statement said.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam also told AFP that rumours of Pakistan requesting the attack were "speculation".

She further said that the government is investigating into the strikes and figuring out the facts.

Two separate strikes took place over Wednesday night and early Thursday morning in the North Waziristan tribal district that lies on the Afghan border.

Karachi airport attack

Speaking at her weekly media briefing in Islamabad, the spokesperson, when questioned over whether Indian weapons were used in the Karachi airport attack, said the government would not make any allegations without substantial proof and that investigations into the incident were underway.

In an all-night battle with militants who besieged Karachi airport’s old terminal, which started on June 8, 37 people, including 10 militants, were killed.

This was the first large-scale terrorist attack at the country’s largest airport in years.

Afghan elections

Meanwhile, Aslam also informed that Pakistan has increased security at its border with Afghanistan ahead of the second round of the Afghan elections.

She said that vigilance and security along the Pak-Afghan border has been increased, adding that patrolling has been enhanced as well.

Aslam remarked that Pakistan extends full support for peaceful transition in Afghanistan.

The second round of polling will be conducted on June 14, 2014. Afghanistan’s presidential election has come to a run-off poll after none of the competing candidates secured more than 50% of the total number of votes cast.


Babbarsher Khan | 7 years ago | Reply

Why, aren't they more accurate than our own jet strikes with less collateral damage? How long we wish to live as nation of hypocrites?

Jeena Khan | 7 years ago | Reply

@junglee - a cowards main goal is to deflect responsibility to another. You belong to a class of people who refuse to bear responsibility that we as a nation have screwed ourselves. If America is this big bad bogey man why is India prospering? when we two were created at the same time. Why is Iraq flaring up the ancient Shia-Sunnui conflict has never been addressed the slaughter of its people by Syrians is ignored by all the high Muslim council. Don't you think its time to clean our own backyard than blaming others. The amount of money America is pumping into an otherwise rich country like Pakistan is mind boggling! We are unable to control the foreign terrorist that roam & kill our streets, corruption and bribery has become a main ingredient of our cultureso as Pakistan we are not pure our hands are filthy!

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