ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar on Thursday informed the Senate that drone strikes inside Pakistan’s territory were being carried out without the consent of the government and armed forces.
In response to a question by Senator Hafiz Hamdullah during the question hour, the minister in a written reply said that since the attacks were being unleashed without the government and the armed forces’ consent, therefore, no exact time limit could be given about their termination.
Naveed Qamar made it clear that his ministry had not made an agreement with any foreign government permitting drone attacks in Pakistan and hence in the absence of any agreement, exact date of commencement of drone attacks in the country was not available in the records.
The minister said the government had a well thought out strategy for the cessation of these strikes as these were highly counterproductive.
To a question of PML-N Senator Muhammad Hamza as to whether it was a fact that two planes of PAF were used for travelling by ex-premier Yusuf Raza Gilani, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Qamar Zaman Kaira and others to attend the PPP rally at Hyderabad on October 15, Naveed Qamar said a single CN-235 (aircraft) was utilised from Islamabad, Hyderabad, Karachi and Islamabad. The minister said the PAF special flights were arranged for the president, prime minister and ministers in accordance with relevant rules.