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Pakistan summons US envoy, expresses concern over drone strike  

By Web Desk
May 23, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday summoned US Ambassador to Islamabad David Hale and expressed concern over the drone strike that killed Afghan Taliban leader Mulla Akhtar Mansour in a remote border area of Balochistan.

In a statement foreign office said, the US envoy was called in by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, to express concern over the drone strike on Pakistani territory on Saturday.

In the meeting, Tariq Fatemi pointed out that the drone strike was a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and a breach of the United Nation's Charter that guarantees the inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member states.

He also emphasized that such actions could adversely impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban.

The Special Assistant also underlined that Pakistan and the United States had been closely coordinating in the fight against the menace of terrorism and that this cooperation needed to be maintained.