A view of the National Assembly.—File Photo
A view of the National Assembly.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: During Tuesday’s session of the National Assembly, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) leader Dr Shireen Mazari drew the speaker’s attention to the issue of US drone attacks on Pakistani territory, DawnNews reported.

Mazari said drone attacks could not be responded to with mere protests, stressing that the government would have to adopt more significant measures. She said even the former Pakistan Peoples Party-led government protested against drone attacks.

The PTI leader directed a question to the assembly members as to what would be the stance of the government if the US refused to stop the attacks.

Responding to Mazari’s question, national security advisor and former finance minister, Sartaj Aziz, said Pakistan’s concerns on drone attacks had been conveyed to the US government through the foreign office.

He assured the assembly that strong protests would be held to increase the pressure, adding that if that did not work, the government would then turn to other means.

Moreover, Aziz said only one drone attack had been held on Pakistani soil since the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government took power.


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ebrahim
Jun 18, 2013 01:05pm

Just shoot them down after a last warning and if our army is incapable to do so what if India aquire these drone what will our our Army do.

American Citizen
Jun 18, 2013 01:34pm

Why drones issue has become a top issue, after all we are helping you by getting rid of the scum of the earth TTP. Poverty, Terrorism, corruptions are your top issue, so don't lose focus.

Parvez
Jun 18, 2013 01:40pm

During the election campaign the PTI made a big mistake by shifting its focus from corruption / bad governance to drones.............and they still have not learnt from that mistake.

Kesar
Jun 18, 2013 02:01pm

The country is plagued with hundreds of other problems and instead of offering solutions to those, all PTI is concerned about are drones and nothing but drones. This drone mantra is becoming somewhat tiresome. Why aren't they equally vocal about the greater number of people killed by the internal elements.

jazzee
Jun 18, 2013 02:15pm

What a joke , Mr Aziz think,s one drone attck is not enough, It has to be more than one than perhaps their Govt will think of an action. Brovo, Bravo This is the person who convert all Dollors and Pounds into Ruppees while finance minister in last N. league Govt. What a stupit idea was that?

Moazzam Salim
Jun 18, 2013 02:24pm

How sweet of Dr. Sahiba to demand such aggressive actions from the Federal Govt. when on the other hand the PTI led KPK Govt has increased the Tax on the Afghan Trade by 1% which in reality means that all the NATO containers will be paying more to the PTI Govt to pass through KPK enroute to Afghanistan. So while PTI does not mind the extra dollar coming their way they should not act as simpletons while pressurizing the Fed Govt.

Farhan
Jun 18, 2013 02:28pm

Drama queen Mazari ...

Farhan
Jun 18, 2013 02:25pm

Drama queen ...

Fayzee
Jun 18, 2013 04:14pm

"only one drone attack had been held on Pakistani soil since the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government took power."

Do you need more??

ahmedj
Jun 18, 2013 04:39pm

Minimum what PML-N could do is to allow and take the electronic media to the attacked target. The nation can judge the true picture of the situation who was killed and were they the criminal or innocent.
At present there is no access and only Army spokesperson or the US spokesperson give their version. Let the media be free to convey the true message.

safi
Jun 18, 2013 06:23pm

Drone kills terrorist and civilian casualty is minimum...but some parties and circles are protesting, because most of the terrorist killed are involved in Afghanistan and are considered as good taliban for pakistani establishment..those who protest drone strikes have never condemned any terrorist attack on civilians in which civilian casualty is 99%.....

Iqbal khan
Jun 18, 2013 07:48pm

Lady one of you lawmaker died in s attack today and you are stil worried about drone attack.you guys are nothing but misguided politicians.

malick
Jun 18, 2013 07:46pm

Ms Shireen Mazari please hold your toung and keep your saree out of blood. We can not afford the killing of youth. Please stop the killing first in Mardan. Take your Imran Khan to drones area and stop the terrorism, clean the area from terrorism, if it is cleared drones will not operate. Stop dirty politic and do the national interest politics.

BRR
Jun 18, 2013 08:39pm

Mazari is a right wing rabble rouser who has more ideology than pragmatism, and who could end up getting Pakistan into more trouble than it can handle.

fida sayani
Jun 18, 2013 09:38pm

Sartaj Aziz says that USA has carried out only one attack since the new government has taken charge of Pakistan. How pathetic?

Khalid Butt
Jun 18, 2013 11:12pm

More people are killed by bomb blasts within Pakistan. Dr. Mazari the drama queen has no words about bomb blasts within Pakistan, go on and stop the usa truck passing through PK.

NASAH (USA)
Jun 18, 2013 11:26pm

@ahmedj: Great idea -- media should be taken to the Drone site to show how many innocent have died and how many criminals have been killed -- Media should also be taken to the Mardan site to show how many innocent have died and how many criminals have been killed.

ozman
Jun 19, 2013 12:36am

I agree.

MadMax
Jun 19, 2013 01:35am

@Moazzam Salim: Please don't compare apples to oranges, Mr. Salim! Focus must be on the task at hand.

ozman
Jun 19, 2013 01:49am

@ebrahim: I agree

El Cid
Jun 19, 2013 04:50am

@Moazzam Salim: You have not understood the criteria and stepping stone that 1% is. It will be gradually increased to 2 to 7 to 10%, even 15%. I prefer testing it to 25%, to its very expensive alternative route available to the Farangi invader. This is simple economic management of ones limited resources and market value.

The Great Khan and his very able courageous executive strong right arm Dr. Shireen Mazari are NOT pocketing this revenue but giving it to the welfare of their hurting people who are taking the brunt of the Farangi attack and the slaughter committed by Pakistani mercenaries on KPK deprived poor suffering people of Pakistan. It will also be used to fix the damage this transit is inflicting on the KPK infrastructure.

Most Pakistanis have failed to appreciate the power of Dr. Mazari's mind and the resolute focus of the Great Khan on protecting the People of Pakistan from their own tendency to shoot themselves in the foot. That is their only motivation...but you people are unable to appreciate.

NASAH USA)
Jun 19, 2013 04:56am

"as to what would be the stance of the government if the US refused to stop the attacks?"

Answer: Mazari's war with the US.

NASAH USA)
Jun 19, 2013 05:00am

@Moazzam Salim: And the Dr. Sahiba has not even been elected!

syed
Jun 19, 2013 05:57am

Musharraf is blamed for surrendering before US after threat of massive destruction. Now the blamers are occupying seat of power in Pakistan, they have air force and missiles why cant they shoot down the drones. There are no greater fools than Pakistanis who tolerate these munafiqs. It is better to accept our weakness rather than fooling public.

El Cid
Jun 19, 2013 10:46am

@American Citizen: "...Poverty, Terrorism, corruptions are your top issue, so don't lose focus."

.

The Holy Bible [Matthew 7:3]: "You hypocrite why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye".

  1. Your top issues are murder, rape, corruption, incest, international genocide past and present:

  2. Genocide of the Native Americans exterminating 95% of them and taking their land and resources.

  3. The extreme brutality of slavery leading to the deaths of 400million African slaves over 200years.

  4. The fire bombing of Tokyo, and Dresden, all civilians and non-combatants. The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Again the last refuge of civilians and nob-combatants. Because you were afraid of their fighting their men in the battlefield.

  5. The shock and awe bombing of Baghdad and use of poison and white phosphorous on civilians of Falluja, burning and suffocating them to death.

  6. The collective punishment of killing over 1.3million Muslims and the total destruction of two of their countries and ruining of three others for two buildings and less than 3000 people.

  7. Your torture chambers are a is shame but would make The Inquisition and the GestapoSS so very proud. You could give them a lesson or two in torture, redentions, an of man's inhumanity to man.

  8. You were defeated by Vietnamese and you are being defeated by the Taliban Muslim Warrior in your longest war, ever. You have ruined your economy, shredded your Constitution, shamed and humiliated the few good Americans still alive, in the process. So don't lose focus even if you have that

raja
Jun 19, 2013 01:44pm

@ebrahim: Army is fully capable to down Drones as they are slow moving target, however political and military will is needed to do so. Our present military and political leadership doesnot have courage and guts to order Army to shoot down drones as they are party to all this carnage. They cannot tackle BLA and LeJ '' THE TERRORISTS'' what to talk of US drones