Pakistan cabinet condemns US air strike
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Jan 18, IRNA
The Pakistani cabinet on Tuesday strongly condemned the recent US air strike on the tribal area of Bajaur, which killed innocent people.
At least 18 people, including women and children, were killed when US missiles hit three houses in Damadola village in Bajur on Friday.
Pakistan is committed to the elimination of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, but our sovereignty should also be respected, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid told a news conference after the cabinet meeting.
Sheikh Rashid rejected reports appearing in the Western media alleging that Pakistani agencies extended support to the Bajaur incident.
He said Pakistan has an understanding with coalition forces regarding sharing of information, but in this incident no information was given.
Responding to a question, he said that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, during a meeting with President Bush, would raise the Bajaur incident.
The cabinet also offered prayers for those who lost their lives in Bajaur.
In other developments, the cabinet offered condolences to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates for the sad demise of their rulers -- the late Kuwaiti emir Sheikh al-Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah and Sheikh Maktoum, respectively.
The cabinet also offered condolences to families of Pakistani pilgrims who lost their lives in Mina incident.
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