US drone strikes on Pak must end now, says Sartaj Aziz

Last Updated: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 15:06

Islamabad: Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has reportedly said that the US drone strikes inside Pakistan must end as the `high-value targets` have been taken care of.
During the book launching ceremony of Akbar S. Ahmed`s "Thistle and drone: America`s war on terror or war on tribal Islam", Aziz said that it was time for the US to end the drone attacks, which had proved to be counter-productive.

According to Dawn News, the adviser further said that the two previous governments had allowed the US to carry out these strikes inside the country`s territory, but the PML-N government was taking up the issue with the US to bring them to a halt.
The United Nations General Assembly had recently passed a resolution declaring the drone attacks a violation of human rights and Aziz hoped that the US would soon be convinced that killing people without trial was inappropriate and the policy required a review.

He further said that some contact had been established with the Taliban for peace talks but refused to predict the outcome of talks.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 15:06

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