Pakistan opposition parties: Shoot US drones down
Fri, 08 Jan 2010
Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan (R) and Seyyed Munawar Hasan
The mainstream political opposition parties of Pakistan condemn the US drone attacks in country's tribal region, urging Islamabad to shoot them down.
Criticizing the attacks as "foreign intrusion," the parties' officials said that the US is violating Pakistan's sovereignty.
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and the Jamaat-e-Islami parties have demanded the government on Friday to ensure autonomy of the country by making its policies effective, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Talking to reporters, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, a PML-N lawmaker and a former chief minister of North West Frontier Province, said effective strategy is required to halt drone attacks which have killed hundreds of civilians in the recent past.
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Seyyed Munawar Hasan, addressing the Friday sermon at Lahore, also said that the government should take stern steps and shoot down the unmanned US aircrafts.
He said the government should register a strong protest against the US, which has been constantly attacking the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan.
He said the weak policies of the government in Islamabad has instigated the US to turn Pakistan into its colony.
On Friday, missiles fired from a US drone killed five alleged militants in Tappi village in North Waziristan near Afghan border, a stronghold of pro-Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants.
This was the fourth US missile attack in the tribal district over the last eight days.
Pakistan says US drone attacks must end
Sat, 09 Jan 2010
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday reiterated his country's concerns over the US drone strikes in talks with a delegation of visiting US senators.
The US delegation is led by Senator John McCain, the former presidential candidate.
Gilani said his government was "disappointment over the continuing drone attacks" and criticized Washington for not sharing pilotless drone technology with Islamabad, Pakistan's official APP news agency reported Saturday.
Pakistan says it can fight militants operating in its border areas better if it has the know-how.
Senator McCain, who led the US delegation, defended the drone strikes, saying they are "one of many tools that we must use to try to defeat a very determined and terrible enemy."
US officials say the drone strikes are carried out under an agreement with Islamabad. Pakistan denies any such agreement.
Washington has stepped up its drone strikes in Pakistan since seven CIA agents were killed in neighboring Afghanistan almost ten days ago. At least four people died in the latest missile attack.
Pakistan's opposition parties, meanwhile, have expressed regret over the attacks, asking the government to shoot them down.
In 2009, the attacks, launched by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in cooperation with the Pentagon, reportedly killed more than 700 civilians in the country.
They have also fueled anti-American sentiments in the Muslim Pakistan.
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