PAK to raise US drone attacks at UN

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Pakistan will raise the issue of U.S. drone attacks in the United Nations as they are against the country’s sovereignty, foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz said today. Aziz was speaking at a news conference weeks after an American spy aircraft killed the Afghan Taliban chief, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, in Balochistan province.

The attack on May 21 occurred at a time when diplomatic efforts were underway to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiation table.

“The recent drone attack in Balochistan in which the Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed, has breached our sovereignty, caused a serious setback to the peace efforts and intensified hostilities in Afghanistan. The drone strike must, therefore, be condemned by all stakeholders,” the adviser said at a news conference in Islamabad.

He said, Pakistan will take up the drone issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council later this year as it has become necessary after the last month’s drone strike.

Aziz recalled that Pakistan had mustered international support leading to the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2015 against drone strikes.

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