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November 3, 2013

Olson handed Pak protest over Mehsud’s killing

 
November 3, 2013

ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador Richard Olson was summoned to the Foreign Office on Saturday evening to protest over the US drone strike in Waziristan in which Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed along with his aides.
The government once again reiterated that it would not allow these strikes. Pakistan is also approaching the UN Security Councils permanent members (P-5) to appraise them of the ‘setback’ to its dialogue process.
Pakistan says it has made its position clear that drone strikes constituted a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, were violative of international humanitarian laws, besides being counter-productive to Pakistan’s efforts to bring peace and stability to Pakistan and the region.
The government has called this killing as ‘the murder of the peace process’, and says it will, nevertheless, continue with the dialogue process.
“The latest drone strike will have a negative impact on the government’s initiative to undertake a dialogue with the TTP. The government, however, is determined to continue with these efforts to engage with the TTP to bring an end to the ongoing violence and make it a part of mainstream politics within the parameters of our Constitution,” the spokesman at the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Pakistan is outraged with the killing of Mehsud, whose TTP has killed countless Pakistanis and attacked several security installations. Also, as has been reported lately, the TTP’s Latif Mehsud was involved with the Afghan intelligence to conspire against Pakistan. Kabul has admitted this involvement which was intercepted by the Americans and Latif Mehsud was arrested.
Pakistan says that there has been a ‘setback’ to the government’s peace process and, therefore, “it has also been decided to instruct our ambassadors to the capitals of the P-5 member states to call at an appropriate level to brief the host governments on our concerns, with specific reference to the setback

caused to the government’s peace process initiative by the latest drone attack
The spokesman said that it has its stated and consistent policy that it condemns drone strikes whenever they have taken place, including the two recent drone attacks that took place on Thursday and Friday.
“The Government of Pakistan has been raising its concern over the drone strikes with the US Administration and at the United Nations.
“The prime minister during his recent visit to the US had raised the issue with President Obama and other senior US leaders,” added the spokesman.
On Friday the Foreign Office had maintained that the government has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in inter-state relations.
These drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region.

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