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    Pakistan Summons US Official over Drone Strikes

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during a meeting in Islamabad, June 8, 2013.
    Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during a meeting in Islamabad, June 8, 2013.
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    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned a U.S. Embassy official to formally protest continued drone strikes on Pakistani soil.

    U.S. Embassy charge d’affaires Richard E. Hoagland was summoned to Pakistan's Foreign Office in Islamabad Saturday.

    The summons was a swift reaction by the country’s new government to a suspected U.S. missile attack hours earlier. Pakistani officials said seven people were killed by two U.S. missiles in the North Waziristan region near the country’s border with Afghanistan.

    The deadly assault was the second suspected U.S. drone attack in Pakistan in the last two weeks. On Wednesday, Sharif vowed to stand up to Washington over its use of drones.

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    by: Dr. Malek Towghi / Tauqee from: USA
    June 09, 2013 2:11 PM
    It is time to tell Pakistanis PUBLICLY that the drone attacks started as a last resort when Pakistan not only failed to fulfill its responsibility in confronting the anti-US international terrorists within its international boundaries but also allowed some powerful Pakistani agencies and groups to protect and aid these terrorists who have been and are engaged in attacking and killing Americans and US allies in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

    It is time to address Pakistanis directly in this regard -- and address them repeatedly. Meanwhile the US may express willingness to suspend the drone attacks if Pakistanis are willing, SINCERELY, to resume their promised undertakings and fulfill their international responsibilities.

    This may help the new Pakistani leadership to put pressure on the 'rogue' elements within the Pakistani 'Establishment' and on the involved fanatic Islamists of the country to stop the mischief.

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