|Pakistan had asked US to halt drone strikes, FO says
07 February 2014
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it wanted a complete halt of US drone attacks and not just a decrease in the frequency.
Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, in her weekly briefing, said Pakistan’s stance on drone strikes is very clear in that they are unacceptable as they kill innocent people and are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.
She said Pakistan has consistently discussed this issue with the United States and demanded that these territorial violations should end.
“Our stance on drones has also been endorsed by the international community,” she added.
Lull in strikes
The United States has cut back sharply on drone strikes in Pakistan after the Islamabad government asked for restraint while it seeks peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
The Post quoted a US official as saying, “That’s what they asked for, and we didn’t tell them no.”
The newspaper said there had been a lull in such attacks since December, the longest break since 2011. The newspaper said the Obama administration indicated it would continue carrying out strikes on senior al Qaeda officials if they were to become available or to thwart any immediate threat to Americans.
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|Bank guard foils robbers attempt to flee with pulled out ATM machine
29 March 2014
KARACHI: Some robbers' attempt to run away with the pulled out ATM machine of a private bank was foiled near NIPA Chowrangi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Saturday here, Geo News reported.
Sources said that the accused in the wee hours on Saturday successfully pulled out an ATM machine of a private bank and were about run away with the machine, when the guard of the bank foiled their attempt by switching on the siren causing panic among the accused who throwing the machine on the road fled away.
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|UN rights forum calls for use of armed drones to comply with law
29 March 2014
GENEVA: The United Nations called on all states on Friday to ensure that the use of armed drones complies with international law, backing a proposal from Pakistan seen as taking aim at the United States.
A resolution presented by Pakistan on behalf of co-sponsors including Yemen and Switzerland did not single out any state. The United States is the biggest drone user in conflicts including those in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia.
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