There have been 18 drones strike inside Pakistan so far this year killing just over 100 people, according to an AFP tally.—File Photo
There have been 18 drones strike inside Pakistan so far this year killing just over 100 people, according to an AFP tally.—File Photo

PESHAWAR: A drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal region in the early hours of Friday killed a senior commander of the Haqqani network, intelligence officials said.

Mullah Sangeen Zadran, blacklisted as a terrorist by the United Nations and United States, was among six fighters killed in a drone strike in a Haqqani stronghold area of North Waziristan agency. Zadran was wanted for kidnappings and sending hundreds of foreign fighters into Afghanistan.

The United States has blamed the Haqqani network, a faction of the Taliban waging a 12-year insurgency in Afghanistan, for a series of high-profile attacks in recent years.

Two announcements made by mosque loudspeaker in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, said his funeral would take place at 3pm on Friday.

Two Pakistani intelligence officials, who spoke to news agency AFP on condition of anonymity, confirmed his death and said an Arab fighter was also among the dead.

Pakistani officials said the US drone fired two missiles, destroying a compound overnight in Dargah Mandi, a Haqqani stronghold about 10 kilometres from Miranshah.

Earlier reports had suggested six suspected militants were killed and three others wounded in the missile strike in the remote semiautonomous tribal area. Reports now confirm Zadran was among the dead.

In 2011, the US State Department described Zardan as shadow governor of Paktika, one of the most volatile Afghan provinces on the Pakistani border and as a lieutenant of Haqqani leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.

It alleged Zadran led fighters in attacks across southeastern Afghanistan, and was believed to have planned and coordinated the movement of hundreds of foreign fighters into Afghanistan.

He was also connected to roadside bombings and was believed to have orchestrated the kidnappings of Afghans and foreigners in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack, calling it a violation of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The government “has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications”, the Foreign Office said in a statement hours after the attack.

The Pakistani government formally protests against US drone strikes as a violation of sovereignty, but Washington views them as a vital tool in the fight against al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban.

US drone missiles have targeted areas near the Afghan border, including inside the North Waziristan tribal region, the main stronghold for various militant groups, some of which are said to be aligned with al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban since 2004.

There has been a noticeable decline in the number of US drone strikes in Pakistan. According to an AFP tally there were 101 attacks in 2010, killing more than 670 people compared to 18 so far this year killing just over 100 people.


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Vijay Kumar
Sep 06, 2013 06:22pm

My Mubarak to Pakistani brothers. we must remember that Haqqanis also killed Benazir.

dr vimal raina
Sep 06, 2013 06:46pm

good riddance

Msalvi
Sep 06, 2013 06:49pm

Good. One more down. Kill them all.

Unnamed Man
Sep 06, 2013 06:47pm

Beautifully written, whoever wrote it: "There has been a noticeable decline in the number of US drone strikes in Pakistan. According to an AFP tally there were 101 attacks in 2010, killing more than 670 people compared to 18 so far this year killing 'just over 100' people."

Akash
Sep 06, 2013 06:53pm

Fighters? Some time back you reported them as terrorists. Dawn?

mian waheed
Sep 06, 2013 07:31pm

US Drones are doing the job for Pakistani forces. Pakistan should appreciate it.

Iqbal Khan
Sep 06, 2013 07:45pm

Thank you America for killing these terrorists for us.

Zarghun Shah
Sep 06, 2013 08:19pm

Dawn has been giving space to these anonymous officials who corroborate US claims. Shame on Dawn´s journalism!

Gerry D'Cunha
Sep 06, 2013 08:29pm

aren't pakistan getting results from drone attacks? terrorist being targeted - hidden agreement between usa and pakistan

Shyam
Sep 06, 2013 08:41pm

When you have no will or power to control your own land, somebody else will. Where is the sovereignty in it ?

Naeem uddin
Sep 06, 2013 09:06pm

6 less scums. What Americans are doing for us, we should be doing ourselves.

NICK BAWA
Sep 07, 2013 12:12am

strong text What happened to the "Resolve of the current Government to 'Protect' the sovereignity of Pakistan?

NOT EVEN A STATEMENT OF "PROTEST"!

U.A
Sep 07, 2013 03:13am

@Vijay Kumar: This is definetly a day to celebrate and not because drones killed members of the organisation that 'supposedly' killed benazir but because they were simply a waste of human life and a stain on the name of the religion they defend.

Tanveer
Sep 07, 2013 03:52am

Great news......dead before he could plot more deadly attacks in Pak.

A. Ahmad
Sep 07, 2013 04:25am

good job

Syed
Sep 07, 2013 05:21am

Get them all... one crook at a time...InshAllah!

Iqbal khan
Sep 07, 2013 05:26am

@Vijay Kumar: We should thanks US to do this job for us.

M Khaleeq
Sep 07, 2013 10:27am

This Drone attack has killed an important man. This saves many would be victims??