Pakistan condemns US drone attack

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Manju Shukla
Date  6 May 2012

Pakistan has strongly condemned the recent US assassination drone strike that killed at least 20 people in the country’s northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.

Pakistani Foreign Office Spokesman said the illegal attacks are in sheer breach of international law and violate the country’s sovereignty

“Drone strikes inflict strategic losses instead of technical gains,” Muazzam Khan said on Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, an unmanned US aircraft targeted Dar-i-Nishtar residential region in Shawal area, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, killing 20 people and injuring several others.

The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, in the US drone strikes have strained relations between the two allies, prompting Pakistani officials to send warnings to the US administration over the assaults.

The US resumed its drone operations in Pakistan in recent weeks after having halted the strikes in November 2011, when 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in NATO airstrikes at two checkpoints on the Afghan border.

In retaliation to the November attacks Islamabad closed supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan through the country. Top level talks to patch up damaged relations between the two countries ended in failure in April over Washington’s refusal to apologize for the killing.

In 2001, Pakistan entered an alliance with the US against the so-called war on terror but the controversial issue of the drone strikes, considered by Islamabad as a violation of the country’s sovereignty, has at times jeopardized the partnership.

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