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Pakistan to raise US drone attack issue at Int’l Human Rights Council

“We have prepared a detailed briefing for presentation to the human rights council on the issue,” he said while addressing during a senate meeting in Islamabad. Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani has demanded report from Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs over US drone attack in Nushki.

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

He apprised that about 400 drone attacks had been conducted in the territory of Pakistan since 2004.

Information is also being taken from Iran while passport and national identity card of Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhter Mansoor was also being probed

He said the present government had seriously taken up this issue with the United States.

Sartaj Aziz said the recent drone strike in Balochistan has added to the complexity and undermine the Afghan peace process.

“Pakistan has also apprised different countries including China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Central Asian States about the fall out of the recent drone attack,” he said.

The advisor said military option was not viable but an Afghan led and Afghan-owned peace process is the only way forward.

Earlier, the members of Senate strongly denounced the drone attack in Balochistan, saying this amounts to violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

Those who spoke on the motion included Farhatullah Babar, Nehal Hashmi, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Muhammad Javed Abbasi, John Kenneth Williams and Hafiz Hamdullah.

The advisor had also held meeting with US ambassador to convey public reservations over air space violation of Pakistan. Grant of F-16 jets were also discussed in the half an hour meeting.

Earlier, the senate unanimously approved the 22nd constitutional amendment bill.



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