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Pakistan Denounces Latest Drone Attack

Miranshah, Pakistan
Miranshah, Pakistan
Ayaz Gul
At least 17 suspected militants were reported killed by a predawn U.S. drone attack in Pakistan’s volatile northwestern tribal region, on the border with Afghanistan. The missile strike was swiftly condemned by the Pakistani government.
 
Pakistani intelligence officials say the attack by a remotely piloted U.S. aircraft struck a suspected militant hideout in the Sarai Darpakhel area of North Waziristan.
 
The volatile border district is a known hub of the Haqqani network of Afghan insurgents and al-Qaida operatives. They allegedly use the sanctuaries to fuel the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, and most U.S. drone strikes in recent years have occurred in the Waziristan region.  
 
Pakistani officials say the strikes violate the country’s sovereignty and that civilian deaths in such “illegal” actions are strengthening ranks of the militants.
 
The latest attack prompted a swift protest from the foreign ministry, which reiterated Islamabad’s traditional opposition. This is said to be the 14th drone attack this year and the second since the newly elected government headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took charge following May elections.
 
Sharif has called for an immediate end to U.S. drone operations on Pakistani territory, and he reiterated that demand while speaking to reporters Saturday in Islamabad.
 
“This is something, which of course, is creating a lot of ill will in Pakistan. We have also brought this to the notice of the Americans," said Sharif. "We have protested very strongly against the drone attacks, and we have taken this matter up with them because this is something which is also counter-productive.”
 
U.S. officials consider drones an important tool in counter-terrorism operations. They describe the Haqqani network as one of the most dangerous militant factions fighting American-led international forces in Afghanistan.
 
The Afghan government and its military commanders allege the group is closely tied to the Pakistani spy agency, the ISI, a charge Islamabad denies.
 
American and Afghan officials long have demanded Pakistan take military action against the insurgents in North Waziristan. Pakistani military leaders insist their forces are stretched too thin fighting a deadly insurgency unleashed by domestic Taliban extremists in adjoining tribal areas and elsewhere in the country.
 
Some critics believe the Pakistani army is reluctant to move against the Haqqani network, however, because of traditional ties between their forces, and because Islamabad may want to use the group to influence events in Afghanistan after 2014 when most foreign forces will have withdrawn from the country.

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by: Ghaznawai GHilzai from: USA
July 07, 2013 2:19 PM
The Pakistanis do not understand the drone attacks because the insurgents are fueled by Islamic extremism that has created Pakistan, it is in the fabric of Pakistan, and it is Pakistan's national narrative. Operations in North and South Waziristan are operations to control Pashtons, the same operation that has been going on to control the Baluchs, and the same operation by Pakistani elites to control the Kashmiris. That operation has nothing to do with combating Muslim extremism. On the other hand, the drone operation may be an indication that the United States has finally realized the duplicity of Pakistan elite-government-army, and in that matter of pursuing terrorists, follows the true lead independently and without consideration of the self serving duplicitous Pakistani advice. If Pakistan wants to combat Islamic extremist terrorists, they should handover the wanted Islamic terrorists in Kashmir to India, and Haqani and Mulla Omar to Afghanistan, and should down all the extremist factories in the Madrassa system of Pakistan. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of the region who observes the Pakistani elite and politicians make these fake demands to stop the drone attack , and watch Pakistan elite-government-army's protest on behalf of the Waziri's and the Pashtons, will laugh hard and knows that the Pakistani elite-government-army who have continued the suppression of Pashton and Baluch since Pakistan's artificial birth in the name of Islam in 1947, are never sincere about Pashton and Baluch population of the region.

by: Anonymous
July 03, 2013 5:55 PM
What non-sense is this map of Pakistan? Let alone showing Kashmir as disputed, you've annexed Gilgit to India. BRILLIANT !!

by: BAHADUR from: WORLD
July 03, 2013 3:45 PM
THIS IS THE LATEST RETALIATION BY THE WORLD'S TOP TERRORIST COUNTRY FOR ITS 19 ELITE FIREFORCE PERSONNELS' DEATH IN THE WILD FIRE WHICH IS SENT BY THE GOD TO REMIND THE TERRORIST STATE OF SOME ONE ABOVE THEM.
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by: Ian from: USA
July 05, 2013 1:48 PM
Do tell !
According to your reasoning , God also lighted the match for the fire that killed 300 Pakistani workers in the factory fire on September 12, 2012 as well ?
Where is your compassion when peoples perished while trying saving lives , show us that you are a worshipper of the compassionate merciful God , or in your opinion, God just thinks & acts like an average man .

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