Pakistan PM condemns US missile strikes

November 20th, 2008 - 5:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Nov 20 (Xinhua) Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday condemned missile strikes by US drones on Pakistani soil and called the attacks “intolerable”.A US drone fired missiles on a house in Bannu district in Pakistan’s northwest Wednesday killing six people.

“We condemn such actions. These attacks are intolerable. They are counterproductive. They are increasing our difficulties,” Gilani told the National Assembly after members raised the issue of the attack.

Gilani also told the lower house of parliament that there was no understanding with the US over missiles attacks.

“Several members mentioned that there is any understanding with the US, I assure you there is no understanding and if any understanding was reached with the US during the period of former President Pervez Mushahrraf, there is no record with the foreign ministry and the government,” he said.

Gilani added that he hoped the missile strikes on Pakistani territory would stop after new US government takes charge.

“The US government is in transition. It will take a few more weeks, that is why such actions are taking place,” he said.

“I am sure that when Senator Obama takes charge such actions will be controlled,” the prime minister said.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry has lodged a strong protest with the US ambassador over the fresh missile attack, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Ammad said in the National Assembly.

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