Islamabad: Drone attacks by the US in Pakistan`s militancy-hit northwest tribal region "must stop" as they were violating the country`s sovereignty and international laws, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said.
The Pakistan Foreign Office Saturday summoned US Charge d` Affaires Richard Hoagland to lodge a strong protest over a drone strike in North Waziristan Friday that killed at least seven people.
"Drone attacks must stop. We have protested many a time. This is simply unacceptable," Dawn News quoted Sharif as saying at a meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
Westerwelle called on the prime minister along with a six-member delegation to discuss bilateral relations.
On Saturday, US diplomat Hoagland was summoned by Pakistan`s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, the foreign ministry said.
The foreign office conveyed to the US official that Pakistan strongly condemns the drone strikes, and considers them a violation of the country`s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Pakistan has consistently maintained that the strikes were counter-productive, led to deaths of innocent civilians and have human rights and humanitarian implications, it said.