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Pakistan opposition says leaders justifying U.S air strike

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 26, IRNA
Pakistan-US Strike
A leading opposition party in Pakistan said on Thursday that vague and contradictory official statements about American attack on the tribal agency amount to justifying violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.

At least 18 persons, including women and children, were killed when U.S fired missiles on Damadola village in Pakistan Bajur tribal region on January 13.

If Prime Minister's assertion that the government was aware of presence of foreign elements then why they were not arrested, but Information Minister has contradicted the Prime Minister saying that foreign presence was not confirmed, Muhammed Siddique-ul-Farooque, Central Information Secretary of Muslim League party said.

The rulers, instead of protesting under international law, were trying to divert people's attention with contradictory statements, Farooque said in a statement.

He said the fact is that American aircraft intruded into Pak territory, and martyred 18 innocent men, women and children with brutal bombing.

It was a crime that cannot be covered up with reference to unconfirmed reports of the presence of foreign elements, he added.

Farooque said that the lame complaint of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz that Pakistan was not informed before that attack was misplaced, because it meant that in principle he considered the American attacks on Pakistani territory as legal.

This attitude is nothing short of betrayal of national interests, he added.

He said that the present government had dismally failed in safeguarding Pakistan's security and sovereignty, and, therefore, had no right to remain in power.

He demanded immediate resignation of the government, and called for fresh election under an impartial election commission so that people's genuine leadership could come forward to play a positive role in safeguarding vital national interests.

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