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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August 24, 2012 1:53 am
And the senior diplomat replied...?
August 24, 2012 2:51 am
August 23, 2012 11:43 pm
It is really interesting to see that Pakistan respect International laws and sovereignty of other nations
August 23, 2012 11:57 pm
Empty threats. What can pakistan do any way?
August 23, 2012 11:05 pm
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.
August 23, 2012 11:29 pm
We will bring Inquilab?
August 23, 2012 7:53 pm
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.
August 23, 2012 9:10 pm
“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,” And yet, international law allows a country to defend itself from terror attacks that originate in another sovereign state, if said sovereign state is unable or unwilling to prevent the use of its soil in such a manner. Thus, at best, it is a matter of interpretation.
M Haroon Jamshed
August 23, 2012 7:02 pm
It's about time!
August 23, 2012 5:13 pm
How many times are we going to condemn these !!!!
August 23, 2012 4:56 pm
THUMBS UP...If you don't want Drone attacks..!
August 23, 2012 4:21 pm
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.
August 23, 2012 4:18 pm
summoned a senior American diplomat.... Useless exercise. Just shoot down the Drone as soon as you see and within range.
August 23, 2012 3:51 pm
Really? I m amazed it took foreign office 5 years to realize that they are illegal attacks. What else, it election year.
August 23, 2012 3:30 pm
shoot the drone down if they are against your sovereignty. our are you making a drama !
August 23, 2012 3:26 pm
Publish the names and photos of people who died. Don't play games.
August 23, 2012 3:24 pm
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
August 23, 2012 3:19 pm
If its unlawful, shoot them down
Ramallah Khan
August 23, 2012 3:06 pm
American Diplomat: "Thank you for the wine and dinner. Enjoyed it". Next Please !
Zakir Hussain
August 23, 2012 2:45 pm
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.
August 23, 2012 3:01 pm
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.
August 23, 2012 2:38 pm
Yeah right, like they will listen to Pakistani govt.
August 23, 2012 2:33 pm
This protest is most welcomed from the core of each Pakistani's heart.
August 23, 2012 2:29 pm
Maybe the recent Drone attacks killed the good Taliban?
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