The missile strike killed at least 38 people in the Datta Khel region of North Waziristan. -Reuters photo

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, on Thursday strongly condemned a US drone attack in North Waziristan that killed more than three dozen people, saying the missiles struck a peaceful meeting of tribal elders.

Gen Kayani called Thursday's strike ''unjustified and intolerable'' and said it was a violation of human rights.

In a statement issued by the ISPR, he said such acts of violence will take us away from our objective of elimination of terrorism.

Security of people of Pakistan, in any case, stands above all, he added.

Pakistan Army has already launched a protest in the strongest possible terms, said the statement.