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Pakistan raises drone strikes issue at UN


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UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan on Thursday raised the issue of American drone strikes in its tribal regions at the United Nations Security Council, calling for their cessation and seeking “urgent” talks to resolve the problem.

“Drone strikes infringe our sovereignty, violate international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law, cause civilian casualties and are detrimental to the combined efforts to fight terrorism,” Ambassador Masood Khan told the 15-nation council during a discussion on the situation in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan is facilitating the Afghan reconciliation process, but progress is attainable only if all stakeholders share the goals of the peace process," Ambassador Masood Khan said.

“We need to pursue this goal together, with unity of purpose,” the Pakistani envoy said.

Noting that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had called attention to the adverse consequences of the use of armed drones, the Pakistani ambassador said: “We call for cessation of drone strikes. Urgent and intense dialogue can help resolve this issue.”

In relation to the issue of drone strikes, Ambassador Zamir Akram, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva, had stated 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 had 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.

Akram had said these included illegal detentions, renditions, and extrajudicial killings including through use of drone attacks.

The All Parties Conference (APC) had recommended raising of the drone issue at the United Nations.

US drone attacks are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, but Washington views them as a vital tool in their fight against Taliban and al Qaeda militants in Pakistan’s semiautonomous tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

Comments (35) Closed

g Sep 20, 2013 02:05am

so what

Iffi Sep 20, 2013 02:11am

Pakistan is the one that gave the green "go ahead' light to the US in the first place. What hypocrisy .

farid Sep 20, 2013 02:37am

so shoot them down.

tahseen khan Sep 20, 2013 03:29am

Pakistani government and army should stop compliaing. Is the pakistan army full of impotent men that they cannot shoot down a drone?

bangash Sep 20, 2013 03:30am

Pakistan cannot deal with terrorists themselves and won't let anyone else either.

unbelievable Sep 20, 2013 04:40am

I wonder whether any member of the UN believes Pakistan has a "sovereign right" to provide sanctuary to terrorist?

Ragu Sep 20, 2013 05:29am

So what is the real solution for the countries whose citizens are killed on a daily basis, by Pakistani citizens in the tribal regions? Pakistani government is both unable to and unwilling to control these elements. When one kills they should sooner or later expect reprisals. Drones are a direct result and probably the least damaging option, when killers kill and hide behind innocents inside Pakistan. The day Pakistan respects the sovereign rights of other nations, its own will be respected.

Umair Iqbal Sep 20, 2013 05:45am

Finally our government has guts to stand for nation. Long live Pakistan

Alan Sep 20, 2013 07:16am

We finally feel like a country not a banana republic.

mujahid Sep 20, 2013 07:37am

It does not fall into the domain of UN therefore the case is dismissed.If the govt has the potential then it shud be the foreign minister of Pakistan who has a TRIPLE role MNS be asked to talk to his counter part John Kerry to discuss & solve but since these drone attacks are conducted with the consent of the govt so case is dismissed again.

Masoor Sep 20, 2013 09:00am

People of this country need to respect themselves first, before demanding respect in the international community

Saad(DXB) Sep 20, 2013 11:49am

Really?? Pakistan is the only victim of US Drone Strikes which is fully capable of shooting down any drones at its convenience. Yet she is too scared to do so and needs support from other countries to perform a legitimate action of protecting its borders against illegally incoming drones.

Reader Sep 20, 2013 12:34pm

As some of the politicians have commented before i.e Pakistan should shoot down the drone and only then US will listen. Whilst we all know how powerful US military is, but history should have taught us that even weak armies have won. At least it will open the debate at the UN in a serious manner otherwise US will continue to ignore Pakistan like they have been doing for in past years. Pakistan can be a strong nation if " there is a will there is a way"

Shazia Bangash Sep 20, 2013 01:06pm

The way Imran is calling the shots (for better or worse) it looks like he is the de facto PM of Pakistan.

Shazia Bangash Sep 20, 2013 01:02pm

The way Imran is calling the shots (for better or worse) it looks like he is the de facto PM of Pakistan.

Shazia Bangash Sep 20, 2013 01:02pm

The way Imran is calling the shots (for better or worse) it looks like he is the de facto PM of Pakistan.

too late Sep 20, 2013 01:20pm

Finally they got the guts and the brains to raise the issue. Thank God!

vijaychennai Sep 20, 2013 02:04pm

Whats the use talking to UN Talk to the americans who are your good friends. Paks policy is running with the hare and hunting with the hounds

GAUTAM MASHETTY Sep 20, 2013 02:53pm


zak Sep 20, 2013 02:56pm

.. I say allow it, it is doing more good than harm. See how these foreign hired mercenaries killed a Pak General, and anyone who kills them is helping us. Pak commondos and ISI should find out who was behind this act and hunt them down where ever they hide.

IbDi Sep 20, 2013 03:51pm

Oops, that's very naughty; did they first get authorised to register a complain? Big Brother will soon tell them off!

Jamal Sep 20, 2013 06:06pm

Wazirstan is a centre of Taliban and Alqaida and the army doesn't want to go after them. If drones do stop then who will finish there terrorists?

Afg Unity Sep 20, 2013 06:18pm

I hope that people and government of Pakistan feel the heat of the war in which they have waged in Afghanistan for more than three decades, by sending terrorists into Afghanistan and now seek assistance from UN to resolve the issue, its very simple for Pakistan if they are really loyal to their commitments and take proper action against terrorists hiding in Pakistani soil and also stop all relation with those Jihadis.

Babar Khan Sep 20, 2013 06:50pm

@Umair Iqbal: I would like to see the governemnet have same guts in standing up to the people who have challenged the authority of the government with arms, killed tens of thousands of civilians, who impose their own barbaric view of the world on others with force, blow up schools, force women into walking tents, misinterpret our religion and then force that disorted version of islam on others with viiolence

Bakhtawar SIngh Sep 20, 2013 07:11pm

Why we r going to UN ? Don't we have guts to shoot it in air ? Let USA go to UN for help. Both US and India are behind us but eventually we are going to win

Ahmed Sep 20, 2013 08:42pm

@Masoor: True. Listening to the likes of Imran Khan it is clear that the lives of 50,000 Pakistanis murdered by these "innocent victims of drones" are meaningless to him while they harp about attacks on these same animals by the US which is serious about fighting back.

Jamshed Khan Sep 21, 2013 02:00am

Beggars can't be choosers. Unfortunately we are a beggar nation.

asim Sep 21, 2013 04:19am

It took a decade for having guts to raise the issue at UN and will need another to bear fruit. ...... till the cows come home.

Javed Sep 21, 2013 04:48am

If you have the guts, shoot them down. No guts, no glory and no sovereignty.

dr vimal raina Sep 21, 2013 11:15am

I suggest that the best way to bring the drones down is to fly kites. Anyone who has flown kites will recognize the big ones with the moon on their chest. That will be sharia compatible too. Fly them so high that they fight the drones. But what did you say? Kite flying has been banned in Pakistan? That was my last hope.

raja hindustani Sep 22, 2013 01:15am

What a joke..!!! So, Pakistan want us to believe that these drone attacks happening (inside Pakistan) without approval of Pakistani authority..??? Better Shoot down intruding drones instead of crying in UN. I am sure Pakistan does have anti-aircraft missiles in their arsenal.

hami Kahn Sep 22, 2013 11:50am

@Jamshed Khan:sorry to say but we are not beggar nation. we always have chosen beggar leadership, who sell every thing to get something,its security,its sovereignty, its citizen, its emotions, its youth and everything...

Malik Sep 22, 2013 02:41pm

@raja hindustani: We dont want you to believe anything, mind you own business and don't spill your shit here.

khanm Sep 22, 2013 04:37pm

Wonder if it is going to help rising drone issue in UN. UN is redundant. There is no such thing as United Nations. The United Nations has come under the control of outlaw nations and self-serving special interest groups. We in Pakistan are no different than UN.

kakar Sep 22, 2013 11:14pm

Whatever happenned to the election campaign promises by PML-N and PTI to stop the drone attacks by ANY and ALL means possible? Nawaz Shareef and Imran Khan Niazi never shied from beating their chests over sovereignity when the drone strikes ocurred during the PPP led regime. Why have they suddenly become so mouse-like now?