US assurances about drone strikes no more reliable, says Nisar

US assurances about drone strikes no more reliable, says Nisar | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that assurances given by the United States over the stopping of drone strikes cannot be trusted.

 

He refused to meet the Americans in Islamabad due to sabotaging the Pakistan’s dialogues process with the Taliban for establishing peace in the country.

Talking to media at the Parliament House in Islamabad on Friday, Chaudhry Nisar said that he was dumbfounded on how Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz believed the US assurance over drone strikes.

The interior minister asked as to how anyone can call the US a friend of Pakistan after the recent drone strikes. “Actions have made it clear that the US neither wants peace in Pakistan nor talks with the Taliban.”

Chaudhry Nisar said that the US had also wanted to approach him with “such fairy tales”, however he had flatly refused to entertain them.

The interior minister further said that given the recent drone attacks in Pakistan, as to how the US still can be regarded as a friend of Pakistan.

He said that Pakistan’s honour and dignity are most important to him, saying that 12 years of financial assistance from the US has not brought any positive change in the country.

The Interior Minister said that Pakistan would have to choose between its own dignity or its reliance on the US, as US has clearly proven that it did not want the peace talks between the government and the Taliban to progress.

Chaudhry Nisar’s statement came a day after six people, including prominent Afghan militant commanders, were killed in a US drone strike that struck Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu district. Thursday’s was the second strike to take place within Pakistan’s settled areas, the first one being in the district of Bannu in November in 2008.

The attack in Hangu came a day after the briefing to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Advisor to Prime Minister on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz said while briefing, that the United States had assured Pakistan that no drone strikes would be conducted during the peace talks with the Taliban. A day after the briefing, the US conducted a drone strike targeting a seminary in Hangu, the first in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Six people including three militants of the Haqqani network were killed in the strike.

A US drone strike on November 01 in which former Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed led to the government’s efforts to initiate dialogue with the militant group being stalled.

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