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June 1, 2013

US drone strike has damaged peace process: PML-N

June 1, 2013

LAHORE: PML-N president and the incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday expressed his serious concern and deep disappointment over the Thursday’s drone strike inside the Pakistani territory.
In a statement, Nawaz said the strike was not only a violation of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, but also an action that has been declared as a violation of international law and the UN Charter.
A close aide to Nawaz conveyed his sentiments to the US Charge d’ Affairs Ambassador Richard Hoagland. The aide told the US diplomat that the drone attack, coming within days of President Obama’s “crossroads” speech was highly regrettable, particularly as the president had spoken of initiating a new policy that would ensure greater exercise of care and caution in the use of this technology.
He also pointed out that meaningful consultations and close cooperation between the two countries should be the desired course of action, rather than unilateral measures.Meanwhile, talking to media persons outside the Parliament House Friday afternoon, senior PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the upcoming PML-N government in the center would frame a national policy on drone strikes in consultation with all political parties and stakeholders.
Nisar said drone attacks negated the sovereignty of Pakistan and threatened regional peace and stability.“The United States has harmed peace efforts in Pakistan while continuing drone attacks for the sake of their own interests,” he said and pointed out that the US imposed the war on Pakistan about 12 years back and was hindering peace efforts.
It may be pointed out that in his maiden speech on floor of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly on Friday, the new elected Chief Minister Parvaiz Khattak asked the PML-N leadership to adopt an unambiguous policy on drone attacks.
Nisar said the issue of Chief Minister of Balochistan would be resolved in the next few days adding that Nawaz Sharif wanted

good governance and peace in the province.“The Pakhtunkhawa Milli Awami Part and Balochistan National Party have left it to Nawaz Sharif to decide the name of Balochistan chief minister,” he said.To a question, Nisar said the PML-N would not appoint a new chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to its liking.“We will hold a meaningful and objective consultation on the new NAB chairman and will also keep in view the directives of the Supreme Court in this regard,” he said.

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