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May 23, 2011

A Non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack has killed at least seven people and wounded several others in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, officials say.

According to security officials, the deadly attack took place on Tuesday in North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The attack targeted a vehicle travelling through a town in the violent region.

The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

The US frequently carries out such attacks on Pakistan’s tribal areas. Attacks by unmanned American planes have left dozens of people dead in the volatile region over the past weeks.

The aerial attacks, initiated by former US president George W. Bush, have been escalated under President Barack Obama.

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The United States claims the raids target Pakistani militants. But Pakistani officials say many civilians are also killed in the attacks.

Islamabad has frequently slammed the US over the drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty.

Meanwhile, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director Ahmad Shuja Pasha has asked the United States to stop its drone strikes inside Pakistan, The Daily Express, a local Urdu language newspaper reported on Sunday.

“We will be forced to respond if you do not come up with a strategy that stops the Drone strikes,” Pasha said in a meeting with CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell.

In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani explained that as an elected politician he must choose the Pakistani people over good ties with the US.

The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes in Pakistan pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.

Philip Alston, UN special envoy on extrajudicial killings, said in a report in late October 2010 that the attacks were undermining the rules designed to protect the right of life.

Alston also said he feared that the drone killings by the US Central Intelligence Agency could develop a “play station” mentality.

This article was posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

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