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China condemns US drone attacks, calls for respecting Pakistan’s sovereignty

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BEIJING: China has on Thursday condemned US drone attacks in Pakistan, specially the one recently conducted in Balochistan, and called for respecting Pakistan’s sovereignty, ARY News reported.

“Pakistan has given innumerable sacrifices for war on terror. The world powers should acknowledge Pakistan’s sacrifices,” the Chinese government said.

Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi said Pakistan has always played crucial role in war against terrorism. The world powers should respect Pakistan’s integrity rather than critcising.

The foreign minister said Quadrilateral Committee on Afghanistan has been formed for process of reconciliation. Pakistan had always supported continuing Afghanistan reconciliation process and other parties should also play their due role in this process.

Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan always facilitated Afghan-led peace process for the restoration of peace in that country.

He said the recent drone attack, in which the Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed, has breached our sovereignty and caused a serious setback to the peace efforts and intensified hostilities in Afghanistan.

Sartaj Aziz had earlier said Pakistan would strongly raise the issue of US drone strike in Nushki at the International Human Rights Council meeting later this month.

He said the drone attacks were serious violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and against the international, political and humanitarian laws.

On the other hand, a high-level delegation of the United States will arrive in Islamabad tomorrow amid escalation tension between the two countries.

According to details, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson and Senior Director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council Peter Lavoy will meet Pakistan’s political and military leaderships.

The US team will hold important meetings with officials including Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif and National Security Adviser (NSA) to the Prime Minister Lieutenant General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua.

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