Drone attack undermines Afghan peace process, Pak-US relations: Aziz

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Thursday said drone attacks had undermined the Afghan peace process and Pak-US relations.

Winding up debate on an adjournment motion in Senate moved by Farhatullah Babar about the US drone attack that killed Taliban leader Mulla Khalid Mansour, he said the drone attacks were serious violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and against the international, political and humanitarian laws.

He said the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) on Afghan peace and reconciliation process on May 18 reiterated that peace negotiations were the only option for a political settlement in Afghanistan.

He said that the attack was very unfortunate and a serious issue but Pakistan would continue its efforts and in touch with the Afghan government, adding that the only solution to the Afghan problem was dialogue between the Afghan government and Taliban.

He said that Pakistan would strongly raise the issue of US drone strike at the international human rights council later this month.

“We have prepared a detailed briefing for presentation to the Human rights council on the issue,” he added.

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

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

The Advisor also rejected a report that meeting of Afghan Shoora was held on Pakistan soil and added that it took place in Qandahar.

He said Pakistan was in touch with Iran and added there was no misunderstanding between the two countries in this regard.

He said that Pakistan had also apprised different countries
including China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Central Asian States
about the fallout of the recent drone attack.

Earlier, the Senators strongly condemned the drone attack in
Balochistan, saying this amount to violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.