ISLAMABAD – Pakistan strongly condemning the US drone strike in Tall area of Hangu‚ has made it clear that the drone strikes are disastrous for relations between two states.
In a statement‚ Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said these strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
He maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive‚ entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations.
The spokesman said these drone strikes have a negative impact on the Government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region.
Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Islamabad has been raising its concern over the drone strikes with the US administration and at the United Nations.
He said the Prime Minister during his recent visit to the United had raised the issue with President Obama and other senior US leaders.
According to details, the US drone targeted an Islamic seminary Muktaba Darul uloom in Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
It is worth mentioning here that five people have been killed and eight others were injured.
It was one of the first drone attacks to occur outside Pakistan s tribal region along the Afghan border and could increase tension between Islamabad and Washington.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is considered a “settled area” of Pakistan, meaning it is generally more populated and developed than the tribal region.
It was also the first drone attack since the U.S. killed former Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a Nov. 1 strike in the North Waziristan tribal area. Pakistani officials were outraged by the attack because they said it came a day before they planned to invite Mehsud to hold peace talks.
The covert CIA drone program in Pakistan has been a constant source of tension between Islamabad and Washington. Pakistani officials regularly denounce the strikes in public as a violation of the country s sovereignty. But the government is known to have supported at least some of the attacks in the past.