Pakistan has consistently lodged strong protest with the US Government against drone attacks, which constitute infringement of Pakistan’s sovereignty. Yesterday’s attack in the Waziristan area which caused civilian causalities is a matter of great concern. These concerns have been conveyed to the US side.
With the advent of the new US Administration it is Pakistan’s sincere hope that the United States will review its policy and adopt a more holistic and integrated approach towards dealing with the issue of terrorism and extremism.
We maintain that these attacks are counter-productive and should be discontinued. Pakistan urges the USA and NATO to adopt a holistic and more effective approach to countering extremism and terrorism.
24 January 2009