US drone attacks not violating sanctity of Pak borders, says Defence Minister

June 6th, 2008 - 3:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Nawaz Sharif

Gujrat ( Pakistan ), June 6 (ANI): US troops are not violating the sanctity of Pakistani borders while using pilotless drones to hit Al-Qaeda hideouts in the countrys tribal areas, Pakistan Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has said.

Apparently justifying the unmanned drone attacks on Pakistani soil, the minister said that the US had claimed to have killed senior Al-Qaeda operatives in Damadola. A drone attack on the village on May 14 claimed 12 lives, who, according to locals, were children and women, while security forces in Afghanistan claimed top Al-Qaeda militants were killed in the fourth attack on the village, he added.

He further said that Al Qaeda operatives should not use Pakistani territory for their militancy.

The minister said that Pakistan Muslim League-N Nawaz Sharif and other coalition partners were evaluating the constitutional package. He said President Pervez Musharraf should fulfill his promise of quitting the Presidency as the PML-Q had lost the elections.

He said the government was working to improve conventional deterrence against its enemies and the armed forces were doing well within the restricted funds provided to them. (ANI)

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