Pakistan

Drone Strike: Cabinet meets to discuss ties with US

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will chair a meeting of the federal cabinet today to decide about the government’s response over the drone strike in which Taliban supremo Hakeemullah Mehsud was killed.

The government sources have announced to review Pakistan’s relationship with the United States.

Hakeemullah Mehsud, who had a $5 million US bounty on his head, was killed on Friday in the militant stronghold of North Waziristan, near the Afghan border.

Premier Sharif, who arrived in Lahore on Sunday after a three-day visit to the UK, will meet Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Monday and attend a briefing at the Foreign Office.

The prime minister was also expected to make a policy statement on the situation arising out of the killing of Hakeemullah Mehsud in the National Assembly on Monday.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak told a public meeting in Mansehra that a session of the provincial assembly had been summoned on Monday in which a resolution calling for the blockade of Nato supplies would be adopted. The KP government would implement the resolution, the chief minister said.

The Punjab Assembly is also likely to pass a resolution against the drone attack and the killing of Hakeemullah Mehsud on Monday.

JUI-F has called the government to hold an All Parties Conference over the issue. While, Jamat Islami has announced to stage protest sit-in on November 08.

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