Monday, Nov 3, 2008
Pakistan’s Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar has warned the US General David Petraeus of growing anti-American sentiments in the country.
Mukhtar expressed Pakistan’s concern over frequent US drones’ attacks on the tribal areas during the Monday meeting with the visiting General Petraeus, Pakistan Defense Ministry said.
The minister told Petraeus and Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and Asian Affairs Richard Boucher that Pakistan sacrifices a lot in the war against terror and urged the officials to stop lunching attacks inside Pakistani territory.
“Pakistan has conveyed to the United States of America to respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity because the frequent drone attacks could lead to generate anti-American sentiments as well as create outrage and uproar among the people,” the Pakistani Defense Ministry said in a statement, AFP reported.
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Also, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned US air strikes in Waziristan on Friday that killed 32 people.
Last Wednesday, Pakistani National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani protested in person to the White House officials.
US Predator drones have killed dozens of Pakistani civilians in recent months. It is said that in the last seven months, the planes have carried out more than 34 strikes and intrusions into Pakistan.
This article was posted: Monday, November 3, 2008 at 12:00 pm