January 4, 2013
Pakistan said Friday that it wants to resolve the issue of the American drone attacks in the country through bilateral talks with the United States.
The statement came a day after U.S. spy aircraft carried two attacks in the Waziristan tribal region and killed a senior Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Nazir and eight other people.
Mullah Nazir’s Wazir tribe had struck a peace deal with the Pakistani forces in 2007 and both sides are holding the agreement. However, the U.S. had been accusing him of sending fighters to Afghanistan for attacks on foreign and Afghan forces.
Pakistan publicly opposes the American drone attacks, but the U. S. has not hinted any change in the CIA-controlled drone operations.
“We consider the drone strikes totally unproductive, illegal and violative of Pakistan’s territorial integrity,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Moazam Khan said.
He told a weekly press briefing that Pakistan has time and again taken up the issue of drone strikes with the United States and hoped both sides will be able to resolve this issue bilaterally.