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U.S carries out 33 missile strikes on Pakistan: Senate told

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 27, IRNA -- Pakistani parliament was informed on tuesday that the United States has carried out 33 missile strikes on the country's tribal region since the new government took over in March last year.

Mian Raza Rabbani, Leader of the majority party in the Senate, Upper House, said the government has condemned all U.S drone attacks.

He also condemned the two missile strikes in South and North Waziristan tribal regions last week, which killed 22 people, mainly local tribesmen.

"The government has also condemned the latest incident at the highest level," Rabbani said.

He said President Asif Ali Zardari himself conveyed sentiments of the Pakistani people to the U.S ambassador in a recent meeting.

"It is a clear policy of the government that intelligence information should be provided to Pakistan and it is for the Pakistani armed forces to carry out operations on our territory," Rabbani said.

He said the number of drone attacks since assumption of the present government was about 33 and not 80 as claimed by some people.

Mian Raza Rabbani said the government was reviewing the situation and working at different levels to convince the new U.S Administration that drone attacks were having negative impact on the war against terror.

He hoped that the Obama Administration would review its entire approach to the region especially towards Pakistan and rectify the flawed policy of the previous administration.

He said the government considers drone attacks as violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Rabbani said the U.S has been told that operation against the militants on Pakistani soil is the lone responsibility of own forces.

Earlier Jamaat-e-Islami senator Prof. Khurshid Ahmed told the Senate that 22 innocent people were killed in the recent drone attacks in Waziristan. He said that President Obama was reportedly aware of the attacks.

"How long will we tolerate killings of our citizens and violations of our sovereignty," the Jamaat Senator asked. He urged the government to review its foreign policy.



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