Pakistan condemns US drone attack

Published: October 30, 2014
Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. PHOTO: PID

Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday condemned a US drone strike in South Waziristan Agency that reportedly killed a senior figure of the Haqqani Network.

The attack which took place in Azam Warsak area of South Waziristan left at least 7 suspected militants dead including Abdullah Haqqani. Abdullah was believed to be responsible for sending suicide bombers to Afghanistan.

However, hours after the latest strike, foreign ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam reiterated Pakistan’s demand seeking the immediate cessation of CIA-piloted campaign in the tribal areas.

“Pakistan has consistently maintained that such strikes are a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Government of Pakistan is itself taking decisive action against terrorist elements and therefore believes that such strikes are unnecessary and need to be stopped,” Aslam told reporters at her weekly briefing.

She further said Pakistan continued to raise the issue of drone strikes at all levels with the US.

“Naturally, the United States has its own position which is not backed by international law and the international public opinion,” she added.

The US has recently stepped up drone strikes in the tribal areas at a time when Pakistan military is undertaking a full-scale offensive against militants in North Wazirsitan Agency.

The surge in hell fire missiles is also seen as some kind of ‘tacit understanding’ between Pakistan and the US over the drone program. However, Islamabad always dismissed such a deal.

Pak-India tension

The spokesperson said Pakistan has summoned an acting Indian High Commissioner to the foreign office on Wednesday to condemn the civilian deaths in recent ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary (WB).

“We also handed over protest note to Indian side in which we strongly condemned the incident and reminded them of their responsibility under bilateral understandings to protect civilians and their responsibility to maintain peace and tranquility on the Line of Control and the international border. We also recalled a number of pervious violations in which Pakistani civilians were killed,” Tasnim said.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Musafir
    Oct 30, 2014 - 8:20PM

    Why is FO making a mockery of Pakistan by protesting and America never heeding. Hours after a Haqqani is killed in drone attack FO protests. A sensible mind can easily see through the duplicity of Pakistan and its Zarb-e-Azb operation and the drone attacks… they are certainly not targeting the same terrorists, are they? If they were, should’t Pakistan be happy and thankful that the American Taxpayers are hauling Pakistan’s garbage in to a landfill where they belong?


  • Praful R Shah
    Oct 31, 2014 - 1:39AM

    Why complain? Let someone do dirty work for you, be thankful and provide them intelligence. At the end of day, this will not make difference because birth rate (someone take his place) or these people will kill each other even though they are Muslims of not their liking or their faction.


  • BlackHat
    Oct 31, 2014 - 3:18AM

    Ms. Tasnim Aslam should play a recorded voice or video clip. Protesting all the time can be exhausting.


  • A. Khan
    Oct 31, 2014 - 11:57AM

    This routine condemnation of drone strikes is an embarrassment as strikes are made with full knowledge of Pak government and sometimes at their own insistence.


  • Stranger
    Oct 31, 2014 - 12:35PM

    Is this the 1500th condemnation ?


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