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Obama`s drone statement: Pak calls it `unlawful`

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 15:49

Islamabad: Hours after President Barack
Obama confirmed that US drones regularly target militants in
its tribal belt, Pakistan on Tuesday said such attacks were
"unlawful" and a violation of its sovereignty.

"Our position on drone strikes is clear and based on
principles. Drone attacks are unlawful, counter-productive and
hence unacceptable," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said
in a text message.

"We cannot condone the violation of our sovereignty," he

Obama confirmed for the first time that US drones had
targeted militants in Pakistan`s tribal areas during a chat
with users of Google+ and YouTube.

He said "a lot of these strikes have been in" Pakistan`s
Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

"For the most part, they`ve been very precise precision
strikes against al-Qaeda and their affiliates, and we`re very
careful in terms of how it`s been applied," Obama said.

"This is a targeted focused effort at people who are on a
list of active terrorists, who are trying to go in and harm
Americans, hit American facilities, American bases, and so
on... For us to be able to get them in another way would
involve probably a lot more intrusive military action than the
ones we`re already engaging in," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 15:49
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