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Sharif says drone strikes injustice against Pakistan

Sharif says drone strikes injustice against Pakistan

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday expressed deep concern over a drone strike that killed six persons, including commanders of the Haqqani network, and said Pakistan had conveyed its opposition to the attacks to the US.

“We are really upset by the strikes...this is injustice against Pakistan,” he said while speaking at the “National Consultation Conference — Pakistan Vision 2025”.

In an apparent reference to his efforts to engage the Taliban in talks, Mr. Sharif said the government has opted for dialogue to deal with terrorism.

“We want the dialogue process to succeed but regrettably a drone hit the tribal area when we are about to commence the dialogue process,” he said, referring to another drone strike on November 1 that killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

“America knows that we are not the people who say one thing and do another,” he said. He pointed out that he had brought up the issue of drones during a recent meeting with US President Barack Obama, who had acknowledged it “with a nod”.

Mr. Sharif insisted drone attacks are inappropriate and against the sovereignty of Pakistan. “The government has always taken a forthright stance in condemning drone attacks. We condemn these acts from the core of our heart,” he said.

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