FO denies link between drone strikes, ‘Zarb-e-Azb’


ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Thursday strongly rejected that drone attacks are being carried out in the tribal areas with Pakistan’s consent.

A US drone fired two missiles which hit a compound and a vehicle in Dargah Mandi village in Miranshah tehsil of the North Waziristan tribal region on early Wednesday, killing at least six militants. The drone strike occurred at a time when a comprehensive military operation against the militants in North Waziristan is underway.

In her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that it is completely misleading and wrong to attach these strikes with the ongoing military operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ in the tribal region.

The foreign office spokesperson said that Islamabad has always condoned and condemned these attacks. She said that the government has taken a number of steps to create international public opinion against these strikes, which are in violation of international laws.

Tansim Aslam said that in this regard, a resolution sponsored by Pakistan was also passed by the Human Rights Council. She said that Pakistan has also taken up this issue with the United States.

The spokesperson said that the Afghan officials have assured their full cooperation after they were asked to beef up security at the border to stop movement of terrorists.

The FO spokesperson said that there is a need for better border management and parallel steps on the other side so that no terrorist could escape into Afghanistan.

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