Pakistan condemns latest US drone strike

Last Updated: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 11:42

Islamabad: The Pakistan Foreign Office has strongly condemned the latest drone attack on a house in Darr-e-Nishtar, North Waziristan, which killed at least 10 suspected militants and injured one, according to reports.

“Pakistan has consistently maintained that these illegal attacks are a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and are in contravention of international law. It is our considered view that the strategic disadvantages of such attacks far outweigh their tactical advantages, and are therefore, totally counterproductive,” The Express Tribune quoted Foreign Office spokesperson Moazzam Ahmed Khan, as saying.

The US drone fired four missiles on the house in the Shawal valley in a pre-dawn attack.

Rescue officials cited the presence of at least four drones in the skies overhead, fearing which rescue efforts had been delayed.

Late last month, a drone strike in North Waziristan killed four suspected militants and injured three others.

The attack had drawn widespread criticism from Pakistan, which chose to lodge a formal complaint with the US over the attack. Political leaders also criticised the attack, with Senator Raza Rabbani declaring that the US had to start respecting Pakistan’s red lines.


First Published: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 11:42
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