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Predator Drone - File Photo
Predator Drone - File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office spokesman on Thursday said the government had prepared a case aimed at raising the issue of US drone strikes on Pakistani territory in the United Nations, DawnNews reported.

Speaking at the weekly media briefing, the spokesman said there was no secret agreement between Pakistan and the United States on drone strikes, adding that the government had no idea where the drones were flown in from.

Regarding the recent release of Afghan prisoners, he said the reason for releasing Afghan Taliban prisoners was to facilitate the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Speaking of the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, the spokesman said it has Pakistani prisoners, however, it wasn’t certain how many. He added that talks were in progress with the US government regarding the release of these prisoners.

The FO spokesman told reporters that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would go on an official visit to Turkey from September 16 to 18.

He also said that Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz would meet with his Indian counterpart in Turkmenistan’s capital Bishkek on Friday. The talks would centre on bilateral relations with the aim of improving ties with India.

Regarding the crisis in Syria, the spokesman stated that Pakistan hoped for a diplomatic solution to the issue, adding that none of the groups actively involved in the fighting should use chemical weapons. He further said that Pakistan was waiting for the UN report regarding the usage of chemical weapons in Syria.

Earlier, Ambassador Zamir Akram, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva, had said that Pakistan, a primary target of drone attacks, had suffered a heavy loss of innocent lives apart from widespread social and economic costs.

While addressing the opening session of the 24th Human Rights Council, he said that in recent years, there had been severe human rights violations across the globe, as a result of indiscriminate use of force in the context of counter-terrorism efforts.

According to a press release, Akram said these included illegal detentions, renditions, and extrajudicial killings including through use of drone attacks.

He added that these attacks caused collateral damage and violated international laws, including humanitarian and human rights laws, apart from violating Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Akram also stated that drone attacks were counterproductive in the campaign against terrorism, referring to the United Nations Secretary General's statement that the use of armed drones, like any other weapon, should be subject to long-standing rules of international law, including international humanitarian law.

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Comments (9) Closed

Tausif Sep 12, 2013 02:18pm

I think when they are done with Syria, then Iran or Pakistan could be the next one....there are no conspiracy theories anymore... those who predicted the post 9/11 complete subjugation of the Islamic countries and the occupation of their resources have proved mostly right...One should just look around whether Pakistan even exist on the CIA's map of the world after 2020...

Talha Sep 12, 2013 02:56pm

If the current government is serious about this issue give authority to PAF and Army, in a public speech on national TV, to bring these predators down next time they fly into Pakistani airspace.

Just shoot one down and US will get the message, no need to waste time with UN. Has the UN sorted the Kashmir issue yet!!.

Pakistan Zindabad.

haris Sep 12, 2013 02:56pm

Finally, after almost 9 years, the Govt. decided to take the case to UN. not everyone knows but Drone strikes are only condemned by Govt. within Pakistan. There isn't any complain or official condemnation recorded or registered before the Intl. community.

edwardian Sep 12, 2013 03:30pm

True that is more rational approach. At the same time JF-17 Thunder programme should be scrapped as it seems FO has taken the role of PAF. A toothless aircraft is again a burden on tax payers money.

Mohammad Sep 12, 2013 05:17pm

You know what disgusts me is these politicians openly criticizing drone while being double sided. I mean when a drone entered Iran in 2009... they took it down. Musharraf has admitted to allowing drones ( in an interview with cnn) and according to a diplomatic cable released by wikileaks Mr.Gilani told american ambassador Ann Patterson that he would protest in national assembly and than ignore it. ( just like raymond davis case) . Oh and by the way dear brothers ...they were flown out of shamsi air base till april, 2011

farid Sep 12, 2013 05:29pm

If that is the case then why these cowards don't shoot the drones down.

ailly Sep 12, 2013 05:37pm

same news on geo does not show "no agreement between Pakistan and USA on drone attacks" this is such a bizzar difference which irritates readers and journalists alike. nevertheless GEO is a self ticking news generator computer program.

i believe this government has performed at a level unprecedented in our history ( good or bad aside ). seems this govt will raise the issue, indeed, at UN and drones will continue. whereas upon being asked why drones are not stopping govt will have a credible reply like saying " issue is with UN and we done same in the best interest of our nation ". wow. let the crimson tide take all these leaders off their feet and knock them down in oblivion.

Irfan Baloch Sep 12, 2013 09:20pm

Not sure how this will work Pakistani Governments in the past and present along with the Pakistan military had been approving these drone strikes.

this is all for domestic consumption. drones have taken out some top heartless terrorists which our judiciary has been reluctant to punish or our military has been unable to defeat.

Sadruddin Mitha Sep 12, 2013 11:18pm