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NA session: Mazari calls out govt on drone attacks

June 18, 2013
A view of the National Assembly.—File Photo
A view of the National Assembly.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: During Tuesday’s session of the National Assembly, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) leader Dr Shireen Mazari drew the speaker’s attention to the issue of US drone attacks on Pakistani territory, DawnNews reported.

Mazari said drone attacks could not be responded to with mere protests, stressing that the government would have to adopt more significant measures. She said even the former Pakistan Peoples Party-led government protested against drone attacks.

The PTI leader directed a question to the assembly members as to what would be the stance of the government if the US refused to stop the attacks.

Responding to Mazari’s question, national security advisor and former finance minister, Sartaj Aziz, said Pakistan’s concerns on drone attacks had been conveyed to the US government through the foreign office.

He assured the assembly that strong protests would be held to increase the pressure, adding that if that did not work, the government would then turn to other means.

Moreover, Aziz said only one drone attack had been held on Pakistani soil since the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government took power.