The covert CIA drone program has drawn strong criticism in the country, with many Pakistanis complaining the strikes kill innocent civilians.—Reuters Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Thursday summoned a senior American diplomat to protest against US drone strikes in the country’s troubled tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office spokesman, the US Embassy in Pakistan was “démarched on recent drone strikes in North Waziristan.”

Pakistani officials told the diplomat, who was not identified, that the attacks were unacceptable, unlawful and a violation of the country's sovereignty.

“A senior US diplomat was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and informed that the drone strikes were unlawful, against international law and a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty,” said an official statement.

“It was emphatically stated that such attacks were unacceptable.”

The latest drone attack in North Waziristan came Tuesday when an unmanned American aircraft fired missiles at a vehicle near the tribal agency's Shnakhura village, killing five suspected militants and injuring two. Officials said the area of the drone attack is dominated by anti-US militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur.

The recent spike in drone action has threatens to add tensions to relations between the two allies, just as they appeared to be improving. The covert CIA drone program has drawn strong criticism in Pakistan. Pakistani officials charge such strikes violate their country’s sovereignty. Many Pakistanis complain that the strikes kill innocent civilians.

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Aug 24, 2012 01:53am
And the senior diplomat replied...?
Aug 24, 2012 02:51am
Aug 23, 2012 11:43pm
It is really interesting to see that Pakistan respect International laws and sovereignty of other nations
Aug 23, 2012 11:57pm
Empty threats. What can pakistan do any way?
Aug 23, 2012 11:05pm
Drone strikes are in response to cross-border terrorism targeting US as well as coalition forces in Afghanistan. Such strikes are in line with the right of self-defense enshrined in the UN Charter.
Aug 23, 2012 11:29pm
We will bring Inquilab?
Aug 23, 2012 07:53pm
As if that will have any effect on America's drone policy. All of this is happening with the approval of our security establishment. So please stop insulting the intelligence of the Pakistani people.
Aug 23, 2012 09:10pm
M Haroon Jamshed
Aug 23, 2012 07:02pm
It's about time!
Aug 23, 2012 05:13pm
How many times are we going to condemn these !!!!
Aug 23, 2012 04:56pm
THUMBS UP...If you don't want Drone attacks..!
Aug 23, 2012 04:21pm
US is making a fool of Pakistan despite being told thousand of times the consequences of Drone attacks. What was the use of Pakistani Assembly passing resolution again these attacks and other issues. Have the Americans taken any note? No. They are playing games and will do so untill and unless PAF shoots down one of these drones if it enters pakistani air space. It's high time Pakistan took serious steps against the Americans and its interests. Perhaps the supply route should be CLOSED again for good or until such time they have signed and agreement to stop drone strikes. If any one carried out attacks within Amercian air space, would they ignore it or just continue to bark like a dog? Enough is enough.
Aug 23, 2012 04:18pm
summoned a senior American diplomat.... Useless exercise. Just shoot down the Drone as soon as you see and within range.
Aug 23, 2012 03:51pm
Really? I m amazed it took foreign office 5 years to realize that they are illegal attacks. What else, it election year.
Aug 23, 2012 03:30pm
shoot the drone down if they are against your sovereignty. our are you making a drama !
Aug 23, 2012 03:26pm
Publish the names and photos of people who died. Don't play games.
Aug 23, 2012 03:24pm
Do you think this would make a difference? The Pak Air Force has claimed many a times that they are capable of engaging US Drones if instructed so. Lets shoot a drone down to send a message once and for all?
Kamran Arain
Aug 23, 2012 03:19pm
If its unlawful, shoot them down
Ramallah Khan
Aug 23, 2012 03:06pm
American Diplomat: "Thank you for the wine and dinner. Enjoyed it". Next Please !
Zakir Hussain
Aug 23, 2012 02:45pm
Drone strikes are against international law etc.etc. but not jailing a 11 year girl and putting her in solitary confinement. There is a vast difference what Pakistan understanding of human rights and international law.
Aug 23, 2012 03:01pm
What a farce. Yesterday our PM Ashraf made a statement that pakistanis know how to defend their country. This after nearly ten years of Drone attacks and killing of civilians and violation of sovereignty. It makes one wonder. DIs the qualification for being the PM of pakistan mental retardation and being riddled with hypocrisy.
Aug 23, 2012 02:38pm
Yeah right, like they will listen to Pakistani govt.
Aug 23, 2012 02:33pm
This protest is most welcomed from the core of each Pakistani's heart.
Aug 23, 2012 02:29pm
Maybe the recent Drone attacks killed the good Taliban?