ISLAMABAD – Central Information Secretary PTI, Shireen Mazari, questioned the credibility of the statement made by Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs at the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee meeting that the US had given an assurance there would be no drone attacks during Pakistan government’s talks with the Taliban.
“The APC had mandated the government to stop all drone attacks not bargain for a short break in these attacks. Even one drone attack was not only an infringement on Pakistan’s sovereignty but a war crime as stated in the April 2013 Peshawar High Court judgement and in international reports. So PTI rejects any limited compromises in relation to ending of drone attacks,” she said.
“If the US was serious about its limited commitment, then the statement to that effect should have come from the US side officially so that the exact nature of the commitment would be clear with no room for deniability,” she added.
Mazari demanded of the government take a clear and resolute position on drone attacks in accordance with the APC resolution and keeping the Peshawar High Court decision in mind, instead of trying to justify the US position which is contrary to the mandate of the APC.