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Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar speaks with media representatives during a news conference in Islamabad on November 2, 2013. – AFP Photo
Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar speaks with media representatives during a news conference in Islamabad on November 2, 2013. – AFP Photo
Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali gestures during a press conference Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 in Islamabad. – AP Photo
Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali gestures during a press conference Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 in Islamabad. – AP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Calling the drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on Friday “an attack on regional peace by America,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday said bilateral ties with the US will now be reviewed.

Speaking to a press conference after concluding a high level meeting at the interior ministry, he vowed to raise the matter at international forums including the United Nations. The minister said that five permanent members of the UN Security Council will also be contacted on the issue.

He said an urgent meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS) has been called to review bilateral cooperation and ties with the US. The meeting is expected to take place in next two to three days upon return of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from London, he added.

Mehsud, along with at least four other militants, was killed when a US drone targeted his car in the North Waziristan tribal area of Pakistan near the Afghan border.

Speaking to both local and foreign media today, Nisar said the identity of those killed in the drone strike was irrelevant. “The government of Pakistan does not see this drone attack as an attack on an individual but as an attack on the peace process,” he said.

The interior minister said a three-member committee, comprising of Islamic clerics, was scheduled to leave for a meeting with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leadership on Saturday morning.

Claiming that TTP leadership including Hakimullah was aware of the meeting, he said he had written and telephonic records of recent correspondence between the government and the militant outfit.

Earlier on Friday, Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the Taliban had “no contact” with the government, a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said a process to initiate peace talks had already begun.

Chaudhry Nisar questioned timings of the Hakimullah’s killing by the US asking why he was targeted just a day before the talks. “Can this be called supporting peace initiative?”

He said the US ambassador was being summoned to serve a demarche and convey formal protest of the government over serious damage done to the dialogue process with Taliban by the drone attack.

Pakistan summons US envoy

Meanwhile, the Pakistani government summoned the US ambassador to protest over the death of TTP chief Mehsud.

A statement from the Foreign Office said Friday's strike was “counter-productive to Pakistan's efforts to bring peace and stability to Pakistan and the region.”

“It has also been decided to instruct our Ambassadors in the Capitals of the P-5 member states to call at an appropriate level to brief the host Governments on our concerns, with specific reference to the setback caused to the Government’s peace process initiative by the latest drone attack,” the FO statement added.

Since its creation six years ago, the TTP has killed thousands of civilians, soldiers and police in its bloody insurgency against the Pakistani state.

It was also behind the attempt to kill schoolgirl education campaigner Malala Yousafzai in October last year.

Pakistan routinely condemns drone strikes on its soil as a violation of sovereignty and counterproductive to efforts to end militancy, but Nisar's criticism of the US was unusually forthright.

Comments (84) Closed

BRR Nov 02, 2013 07:48pm

Doesn't it sound bizzare to Pakistanis when Islamic clerics are asked to negotiate with militants, with whom they are sympathetic, on behalf of an elected democratic government? Is this what Pakistan is all about, clerics in position of power who negotiate with killers?

uzair Nov 02, 2013 08:14pm

A courageous press conference and rightly said that it is not our war . We must get out from this senseless and useless war . Pakistani nation is in strong favour of peace dialogue with Taliban . We wish that this senseless war should end very quickly. Our enemies do not want peace in our region especially Americans and Indians. I am thankful to Ch Nisar for impressive press conference.

Khalid Nov 02, 2013 08:49pm

But our Prime MInister is not done with his shopping in London yet. Please wait for him to return and then decide what Pakistani government can do. But then again, his presence doesn't matter too much. He will do what he is told to do. We need a Ataturk in Pakistan NOW.

ajmal Nov 02, 2013 08:58pm

Thanks Allah the killer of thousands of innocent men/women and children finally killed

expat Nov 02, 2013 09:15pm

As soon as Nawaz Sharif returned home after visit to US , Americans launched two drone attacks. Both lethal. It shows that US does what is in its interest.Who can blame them? Talibans are a menace, these meaningless talks will get Pakistan no where.US response is working,decimating taliban leadership is the only way out of this cycle of violence.

Rauf Nov 02, 2013 09:16pm

Instead of sending a thank you note to the US, interior minister is whining about the death of a mass murderer. If Pakistani army and and law enforcement agencies (if any) are unable to take care of the terrorists, then someone else has to do the job.

Pervez Nov 02, 2013 10:16pm

You are kidding me right. How many Pakistanis have been killed by drones and no review of relations with the US. An opene enemy of Pakistanis killed and Nisar and his crew want to review relations. Is there anyone left in pakistan that cares about pakistan and pakitani's?

df Nov 02, 2013 10:18pm

how many innocents were killed in this attack

DR. A Nov 02, 2013 10:12pm

Pakistan has been playing in the hands of the enemy without any conscience. It has to decide once and for all, how to deal with the internal and external enemies. For that, the country must be strong economically and on all other aspects including defence. These crisis have been going on since the 1970s. Corrupt leaders and politicians including the defence personnel are equally responsible and accountable for the all the damage that has caused this country to dwindle down in the images of the world and beyond.

SMC Nov 02, 2013 10:36pm

If Pakistan wants US not to use drone, then it should honestly use its army and root out terrorism emanating from its soil against any country. When US strikes against "militants and dreaded known terrorists" in Pakistan, Pakistan asks-

Syed IMAM Nov 02, 2013 10:44pm

And what would you do send back the 1.6 Billion dollar in aid. These are the people who are hell bend to destroy Pakistan and they have blood on their hands of many innocent Pakistanis. Well done America.

M Rafique Nov 02, 2013 10:44pm

Chaudhry Saheb go ahead to review ties with USA. Also review about funds/investments placed in US/Europe by the political leader ship in general and PML (N) leadership in particular. In your case surrender American citizen ship of your spouses being sincere to review ties with US.

Saad(DXB) Nov 02, 2013 10:50pm

Please stop playing games with the Pakistani Public. No one is stopping you from ordering shooting down of US Drones. I am a Pakistani living in Dubai and many of my friends, from Arabs/ Asians to Westerners openly laugh and makes jokes about Pakistan by saying things like, "Pakistan is like a bullied child who keeps complaining about being bullied, but does nothing to stop it". Every day something happens back home which makes me ashamed of being a Pakistani. We have one of the best armed forces of the world and we have done nothing, absolutely nothing, to stop these drones. I am giving up my Pakistani Nationality soon and will make sure that my kids know nothing of Pakistan when they grow up; as it will give them nothing but heartbreak like it has given to me.

Tariq Nov 02, 2013 11:11pm

This is all just for show! Why do you think is the US paying billions of dollars to the Pak Govt? Do you really believe that the drone operate in Pak air space without permission? What a circus!

darr Nov 02, 2013 11:08pm

Kaghzi shair. Minister Nisar khan threatened to send a letter to US consulate for entertaining his family petition for US immigration on record in past. Now he is threatening again for Drones. No results in past and no anticipated results in future. Will do good in Bollywood

BRR Nov 02, 2013 11:17pm

Bravado from a government that could not pay its bills without IMF loans, from a govt where foreign exchange reserves keep dwindling, from a government that cannot provide healthcare or education despite 60 years of independence. Go ahead and pull the plug on US/ NATO facilities.

shah Nov 02, 2013 11:20pm

Is this is the same US that recently gave $1.6 billion to keep Pakistan economy afloat ?

zia khan Nov 02, 2013 11:24pm

If the government is straightforward in its approach then first of all intelligence network of CIA in Pakistan must be dismantled which is not only involved in target identification but also a serious threat to the sovereignty of Pakistan. US should not be allowed to conduct spy operations from our soil against us or other countries in the region.

Ahmad zahir Khan Nov 02, 2013 11:59pm

This would have been the case of canada we would have sent thier diplomat back to home .

Azam Nov 03, 2013 12:23am

But Ch. Sahib. Your wife abd kids are US Citizens. Are you sure that US ties will be reviewed?

Gerry D'Cunha Nov 03, 2013 12:29am

pakistan to review US ties after attack 'what a joke to the poor innocent people of pakistan' by the nawaz govt whose own major investments are connected with these countries

Dipak Nov 03, 2013 12:37am

Sorry, there is nothing you can do. Drones are requested by the Pakistani Millitary. More to come.

ali Nov 03, 2013 12:47am

BM was one of the main terrorist operating from the Wazirstan and its border areas, the taliban are a bit weaker now , the government should capitalize on this and put them on the back foot and extract maximum concessions from them, they should be forced to lay down arms and warn them not to commit terrorist activities against the state of Pakistan.

shah Nov 03, 2013 12:55am

Hilarious statements being issued by government and political leaders ! One would think Mehsud was Nobel Peace Prize winner.

M. Saeed Nov 03, 2013 12:54am

Are you sane Nisar? You are siding the man who boasted of his Tehreek having killed over 40,000 Pakistanis, over 3,000 Pakistani soldiers and who took pride in shooting the little girl Malala in the head just because she was trying to get education?

Robin Akbar Nov 03, 2013 12:57am

Pakistan Govt. is playing a double game at the expense of poor people of Pakistan. God bless America.

Tejaswi Sharma Nov 03, 2013 01:06am

Wow.. hypocrites. TTP who is responsible for numerous terror attack for killing almost 30,000 people alone in pakistan is now sympathized by your own political class. How many more people you guys want to be get killed of your own men to get some spine of your back. Why you guys want to talk to terrorists.

I really wonder to see that you guys(or the military) have the tendency to use military force to crush the peace loving political leadership like you did in east pakistan and bangladesh and you want to talk with these terrorist who are madly killing your own people. May god save your country and whole south Asia.

raja hindustani Nov 03, 2013 01:20am

India & Pakistan have one thing common. Both country having full of coward politicians who do not have dare take tough stance against terrorist.

Yakoob Nov 03, 2013 01:35am

Chaudhry Nisar is just huffing and puffing. Drone strikes will carry on regardless. Its purely a statement for domestic consumption for domestic consumption. WE SHOULD WATCH HIS WORDS, NOTHING SIR, ZILCH!

ivehadit Nov 03, 2013 01:45am

I wouldn't fall for these alligator tears. Pakistan is just offering an out to the new Taliban commander to pursue a road for peace rather than another cycle of revenge and senseless killings.

John Nov 03, 2013 01:48am

NO Pakistani is sad on Hakimullah Mehsud's death. Well done America by killing a terrorist who has killed thousands of innocents and our security forces. The peace talk was just an eye wash and time gaining tactics. Best bet was to kill them by drones.. easy and not much collateral damage. You cannot support or talk to killers.... Remember Srilanka's insurgency ended when parbhakaran was killed. Imran Khan ... your politics is flawed... you cannot talk and give ashirbad to killers.

NASAH (USA) Nov 03, 2013 02:26am

It is even worse than the reaction against death of OBL -- what is wrong with PML(N) are they really closet Taliban?

Pankaj Patel(USA) Nov 03, 2013 02:21am

The interior minister has to do this balancing act to avoid retaliation by Pakistan Taliban.This is just to show that govt is not behind this.They all know that peace with Taliban is not possible under those conditions put by them.Pakistan govt is happy to know that one fearsome leader is dead but can't show it's happiness.

shahid Kinnare Nov 03, 2013 02:55am

their is noting to review just announce that all project with USAID is to be stop from today. Pakistan is not going to buy any military hardware from US any more.

Skhan Nov 03, 2013 02:56am

Pakistan is an independent county it is free to decide the nature of its relations with other countries but one thing is clear Pakistan has no independent policy, its all policies are dictated by fear. Thousand of innocent Pakistanis have been killed and our soldiers are being killed everyday, but alas we don't know who is our friend and who is our enemy. Pakistani is a bad luck nation, God have mercy on us.

Sam Nov 03, 2013 04:13am

I don't get it. Explain it me as a second grader. A leader of a faction that has basically declared war on general Pakistani citizens by exploding bombs in major marketplaces in our cities, and is controlling a region our government is unable to maintain sovereignty over is killed by a drone strike. And I am supposed to be upset about this like our elected government? As much as I hate these drone strike it seems the US finally got one right for the Pakistani public, this is who our army should be going after, rather than worrying 24/7 about the eastern border only. I mean these guys are already, again threatening to bomb innocent Pakistani citizens, and we should feel bad for them? I don't get it.

Albedo Nov 03, 2013 04:20am

How many times the government has condemned U.S action in the last 5 years?? End result zero. Please don't blow horn in deaf ears. Accept that government has given permission to carry attacks. If you deny then stand eye to eye and say next violation will result in war. No more talks and condemnation please. Don't be submissive.

NASAH (USA) Nov 03, 2013 04:29am

Don't go overboard Nisar sahib -- it is only Hakeemullah -- not OBL.

Take it easy.

Ibn_e_ashfaque Nov 03, 2013 04:49am

Some powers want Pakistan army to fight its own citizens. Thereby making a Syria out of Pakistan. The government should ensure support to judiciary to deliver justice ASAP. The government needs to ensure engagement of the people by devolution of authority to local governments. PML needs to tax and collect it from the rich. Pakistan needs to do this and real quick. Pakistan Zindabad.

Ikram Nov 03, 2013 05:00am

There should be no peace deal with these terrorists.They have killed thousands of innocent Pakistanis. They deserve to be killed.

Ksid Nov 03, 2013 05:13am

Chaudry Nisar sb when your family is US citizen what moral ground do you have to condemn US. Denounce the citizenship and then maybe y ou may have the right to expose the nation to the potential hardships of turning a world power hostile.

Abdul Malik Nov 03, 2013 05:30am

If this Sharif government has the guts they will seriously review it's relations with USA. It is an open secret that USA has always been an unreliable, selfish and mean country to have any kind of relations. I salute countries like Iran, Venezuela and Cuba for standing up and not being subservient to America. Can the current government of Pakistan stand up?

Raj Patel Nov 03, 2013 05:55am

I don't understand minister's narratives while condemning killing of biggest enemy of Pakistan. Somebody should reminds him that few days ago ttp had killed army commanders without paying any hid to peace process. Now they are at receiving end. Though it wasn't killed by Pakistan should thanks USA drones that their dirty work is done by USA without costing to Pakistan.

Shakil Khan Nov 03, 2013 07:32am

Why cant simply Pakistan government put a ban on drone in its territory and enforce it, PAF and its F-16s are getting dust being parked for so long! Put a firm ban at least for peace process. If they sabotage the peace process in Pakistan, return the favour in Afghanistan by all means possible. US will not listen to your appeals FULL STOP!

Jaihoon Nov 03, 2013 08:41am

What a bluff indeed. Beggars cannot be choosers as the saying goes.

Feroz Nov 03, 2013 08:42am

Nisar needs to visit a mental asylum if he believes Hakeemullah Mehsud would have brought Peace to Pakistan. Can only feel pity for the unfortunate Pakistani citizens, having to put up with such fools.

Bipul Nov 03, 2013 08:48am

Why pakistan is hell bent on showing solidarity towards dreaded militants? The best Pakistan can do is join hands with US, share information on militant hideouts and get some control on drone attacks based on mutual consensus. I hope Pakistan is secretly doing the same, else just harping against drone attacks won't fetch anything.

MAK Nov 03, 2013 09:08am

"Meanwhile, the Pakistani government summoned the US ambassador to protest over the death of TTP chief Mehsud." Who wrote this news story? Was the US Ambassador summoned to protest over death of Hakimullah Mehsud, or to protest over the drone strike?

M. Aamir Nawaid Nov 03, 2013 09:10am

We should not do US bashing. The USA has supported us militarily and economically. We should win the USA on our side and fight the TTP menace. It is also in the interest of USA to recognise Pakistan as an ally and not a foe. Only then can we all overcome the dark forces - Taliban.

For those who want us to break ties with the USA, should first return all the F16s and Cobras and then we will see how can we stop the Indian armour from breaking through our defenses and how can we control our skies in case of any future conflict. Without these two weapon systems, we will be sitting ducks.

Shyam Kokku Nov 03, 2013 09:14am

So now, killing leader of a Terrorist organisation that massacres scores of innocent lives everyday in every segment of society is termed as "attack on peace" - great approach!

zia Nov 03, 2013 09:22am

No use crying the talks had no real substance in reality. Pakistan is crying over its own mistakes of the past and present. I think first Pakistan should decide on the realities on the ground. By saying can contact the permanent representatives of security council lacks Pakistan's own credibility of its war against terror networks. How they can contact the council will be a great rebuff

iqbal Nov 03, 2013 10:29am

Action speaks louder than words....a long time ago some one said these words and they still hold truth. Someone needs to drop one brave soldier of Pakistan military will solve this problem and be a hero. Take action now!

Pankaj Nov 03, 2013 10:49am

It is really strange......... US killed a known criminal to create peaceful environment but, Pakistani govt. feel it would disturb peace. It is really sad to see the state of affairs that peace in Pakistan is dependent on the longevity of criminals.

Shameer Nov 03, 2013 11:18am

What a joke

N K Ali Nov 03, 2013 12:15pm

The PPP and PMLN interestingly showcase important points in our national policy; if there is one. The power shortages, talks with the TTP, law and order, FBR tax base, drones, etc. but sadly is desultory in its 'modus operandi.' "Murder of Peace" must be rethought, repositioned, and stated as, "Killing of a wanton murderer and savage." The PPP and PMLN governments have more than sufficiently showed their disdain and apathy to the thousands that have been maimed, injured, orphaned, and killed by the TTP and its offshoots. Come out of the dark depths of your bucolic insulation and stand straight and tall with rectitude. Salams

Chankya Nov 03, 2013 12:46pm

Jaise bazaar ka dastoor tumhe samjhaoon, bik gaya jo wih khariddar nahi ho sakata,

Chankya Nov 03, 2013 12:59pm

"Let me explain it to you,a simple principle of this world,one who has been sold can not be a buyer at the same time,"

amir Nov 03, 2013 02:10pm

drone attacks are war against pakistan. why pakistan does not shut down drones?

gangadin Nov 03, 2013 02:11pm

Nisar Ali: You knew all this. Stop talking Non-sense.

Rogers Evans Nov 03, 2013 02:11pm

Just shoot down one or two Drones and USA will stop, otherwise nothig will happen

kublai Nov 03, 2013 02:55pm

Where is the lion of Punjab? Checking his overseas investments? How to get his latest loot, out of the country? Talking with bankers?

p r sharma Nov 03, 2013 03:21pm

@DR. A : - Don't blame. you get the government what you deserve. blaming others without an introspection is nothing but escapism.

A shah Nov 03, 2013 03:45pm

Yes we will stop begging for their dollars immediately!

m ashraf Nov 03, 2013 04:08pm

I am surprised by the hawkish approach of our some ministers. We have not elected you to make only anti-American statements. please try to rectify your opinion there is difference between killers, terrorists and innocent people. We are against drone strikes because it kills sometime innocent people but we are not in favour of these terrorists who have killed more than 40000 innocent people.USA is not our enemy of Pakistan. We have to live in this world as a responsible state.

Swaraj Nov 03, 2013 04:06pm

OMG!!! US economy is sure to sink to the bottom of the Pacific.

Yawar Nov 03, 2013 05:33pm

We elected PML-N, PTI and JUI (all softies towards and scared of the TTP) into power. So now we have to be able tolerate their antics and rhetoric for the next 5 years.

Yawar Nov 03, 2013 05:44pm

Drone strikes are wrong and should be criticized. But of all the Drone strikes that have occurred so far, this one, and the one that got Baitullah Mehsud, should deserve the least criticism, unless of course you have a soft spot towards the TTP and their cause.

msa Nov 03, 2013 05:59pm

@Ikram : i read all the comments and thumbs up and down on this news item. perhaps 99% are in favor of killing Mehsood. the statements of Nisar do not make sense. the solution that comes to my mind is, "Bring back Musharraf to power, and he will solve the problems".

Yawar Nov 03, 2013 06:01pm

TTP is afraid of Drone strikes. No wonder many of them have fled Waziristan, and they, including Hakeemullah Mehsud, keep on insisting these be stopped.

MS Nov 03, 2013 07:00pm

I didn't see half the intensity when a bomb blast in a church killing innocents..

Ahmer Nov 03, 2013 07:06pm

Hypocrisy at its best.

sal Nov 03, 2013 07:16pm

@N K Ali: You cannot expect a government that is any better than the people it governs. It is up to Pakistani's themselves to change the country.

Sanjeev Nov 03, 2013 07:27pm

It seems that the whole drama of protesting and calling the US Ambassador is just an eyewash. Mehsuds' precise location could not have been known to US unless the Government assets were involved in pointing out to US.

Look at the fall out - the government can claim they wanted talks but US is the spoiler. At the same time TTP is weakened. Sooner or later when the talks start they will not be negotiating from a position of strength- I am sure infighting would have already started within TTP. Good strategy!! I hope for sake of our brothers and sisters in Pakistan- that the Government does take care of this menace which kills innocent people in the name of religion.

Agha Ata Nov 03, 2013 08:53pm

Talks, promises and pacts are done between people and the government of one country to the people and the government of another country, NOT between an interior minister and a person of another group. If any of the interior ministers or the head of a group dies, the pacts, promises remain, the talks still continue. Have you ever heard of an interior minister making a pact or promises with one person of another group and then on the death of that person the whole pact or the promises are dropped? Well . . . I have. Guess who?

Masood Haider Nov 03, 2013 10:22pm

According to the figures given by the government itself, 64 civilians have died as a result of drone attacks in five years as against the thousands of innocent men, women and children who were slaughtered by the savages known as Taliban. The contribution of the USA to help Pakistan get rid of these murderers should be applauded not reviled. The Taliban Khan is spewing his customary rubbish but what about the ruling party? Why is it acting as if a great patriot has been killed instead of celebrating the inglorious end of a traitor and an animal? What is wrong with the thinking of the leaders and media gurus of this country?

Imran a. Nov 03, 2013 10:57pm

I hope Taliban sees that you are being soft to them. If the Taliban commit one more terrorist act now, then it should be clear that you can't win their hearts through empathy. They have crossed the line of sanity and reasoning. Even Islam can't save them.

Asad Hayat Nov 03, 2013 11:50pm

how Pakistan can gain peace through dialogue. If taliban fighting as a jahad then jehad can't be stop and if they are fighting for other agencies then still they will not stop their attacks. we have seen in past

Chankya Nov 04, 2013 12:02am

@Rogers Evans: Just shoot down a drone, and watch.Good luck.

Chankya Nov 04, 2013 12:03am

I'm sure, in private 99% of the Pakistani, 100% the politicians & military leaders must be having sigh of relief and congratulating each others.And saying "it's God sent".

dr vimal raina Nov 04, 2013 08:55am

The ties will be reviewed to make the drones more effective. Mark my words. The intelligence for this drone strike must have been channeled through Nisar's office.

Raj Nov 04, 2013 09:08pm

Please tell me, how Pakistan can afford to review their relationship with USA when it lives off their left over. Pakistan needs money to run the country and most of it comes from USA as aid or assistance. You break off with them and than what?

Your government is simply making a fool of the people and people do not understand.

PakiPower Nov 05, 2013 01:21am

Good Job, Ch Nisar Ali Khan. The most competent man in PML and new incoming Prime Minister of PML in future after in house change in PML leadership. We proud of you for your efforts in this regard. Being a new prime minister in near future we trust on you and your leadership qualities.

NASAH (USA) Nov 05, 2013 05:46am

"Attack on Peace"? Where was the Peace that was supposed to be attacked by the Americans?

romi Nov 05, 2013 08:52am

dont understand Pakistan should be glad that a man responsible for killing of pakistan civilians & army personel has been eliminated