Drone attack affected Pak-US ties, Afghan peace process: Sartaj Aziz


ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Thursday informed the Senate that Nushki drone attack has affected Pakistan-US relations and Afghan peace process as chairman Raza Rabbani expressed concern over President Obama statement and asked the foreign ministry make its stance clear on the issue.


Addressing the senate session, the adviser termed the drone attack, in which Taliban chief Mullah Mansoor was killed, was violation of Pakistan sovereignty and international law. He said that Pakistan would raise the issue at international human rights commission.

He said that the drone attack has also affected the Afghan peace process. He said that the US and Afghanistan had been told that peace was only possible through negotiation and war and military operation were no solution to the problems. He said that Pakistan would not allow use of its soil against any other country. He said that the US military operations in Afghanistan after 9/11 incident did not produce positive results. He said that peace in Pakistan was impossible without peace in Afghanistan and Islamabad would continue to play its role in Afghan peace process.

Sartaj Aziz clarified that the government was not confused or silent over the drone attack issue.

The adviser He said that Pakistan would informed the friends about its principled stance on drone attacks. He said that the government would take up the drone attacks issue at diplomatic forums. He said that the prime minister and army chief were informed only after drone attack.

The Chairman senate expressed his concern over US President Obama statement about drone attacks and sought report from standing committees of defence and foreign affairs about the F-16 issue. He said that the drone attacks was a serious national security issue. The Senate was informed on Thursday that Climate Change Authority will be set up to take the necessary measures to meet the challenge posed by the global warming and environmental degradation.