Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. — Photo by Reuters/File

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday said the issue of drone attacks would be taken up with US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson, DawnNews reported.

During a policy statement in the Senate, Khar said drone attacks were a violation of Pakistan's territorial integrity, adding that the government was not oblivious to the challenges confronting the country.

Khar’s statement on US drones came in the wake of the Obama administration’s finalising of a rule book for targeted killings which would not apply to Pakistan, enabling the CIA to freely conduct direct drone strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

She moreover said Pakistan wanted cordial ties with all neighbouring states, including India, adding that Pakistan's foreign minister and army chief would not be issuing irresponsible statements as had been made by their Indian counterparts.

The minister said the government did not believe in issuing irresponsible or provocative statements for the purpose of posturing.

Earlier last week, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir had urged India to tone down what he called “Pakistan bashing” over a spate of military clashes in Kashmir between the neighbours.

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January 23, 2013 8:06 am
Well said
ejaz ali
January 22, 2013 9:37 am
Pakistan must wake up ! that their is policy being made in US to continue the drone attacks on behest of CIA's suggestions. This is based on a big misunderstanding or perpetually being drafted as a mean to keep Pakistan under the thumb. USA is not catering for collateral damage and above all the sovereignty. This is going to further damage the fabric of society and will nurture hate, poverty, alienation, deprivation along with destruction of infrastructure. And most importantly this against the global norms of humanity and respect of the international borders. Pakistan must approach the UN and seek international community's help to stop this black law, before it gets promulgated.
January 22, 2013 11:13 am
Let us be sincere to our citizens once and for all. Why don’t we tell them the truth that Pakistan government cannot do any thing about it. This is what we inherited to be their front allies…….
January 22, 2013 8:49 am
Drone attacks may be violation of Pakistan's territorial integrity, but what solution Pakistan has to control the TTP? Should not this be considered US help to Pakistan?
Amjad Wyne
January 22, 2013 9:55 pm
My recommendation - don't take up the issue any more - your term is over, have a great time. We will say, " you tried" and we will all understand when someone says, "it did not make any difference".
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