Pakistan condemns latest US drone strike

Last Updated: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 14:54

Islamabad: Pakistan Monday strongly condemned the latest US drone strike in North Waziristan tribal region which killed at least six people.

The American spy aircraft fired missiles on a compound of suspected militants in Shawal area of North Waziristan, one of Pakistan`s seven tribal regions, late Sunday.

"These unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan`s sovereignty and territorial integrity," the foreign ministry said.

A ministry statement said Pakistan had repeatedly emphasized the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes.

"Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications," the statement said.

The foreign ministry said the US drone strikes set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations.

"These drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region," the statement said.

Sunday`s strike was the fourth US drone attack since Nawaz Sharif assumed office as prime minister last month.

IANS



First Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 14:54

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