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* Pakistan to table resolution at the UNHRC against drone strikes
Fri, Dec 27, 2013, 01:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 27, Colombo: Pakistan on Thursday said drone strikes constitute dangerous precedent in inter-state relations and have negative impact on Government's efforts to bring peace and stability in the country and in the region.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam addressing weekly briefing strongly condemned Wednesday's drone strike by the United States in Miran Shah and said these should be stopped. She said these strikes are violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

She said Pakistan has been raising its concern over drone strikes with the US administration and at the UN. The spokesperson said drone strikes are counterproductive and entail loss of innocent civilian lives and also have human rights and humanitarian implications.

Replying to a question she said the use of technology to kill even high value target was not justified if it is violation of the international law and results into killing of innocent civilians.

She said steps are being taken to build international consensus, which exists now and is getting strong to bring about a change in this policy.

The spokesperson said Pakistan would be tabling a resolution against drones in the Human Rights council in Geneva.

Commenting on the kind of relationship with the United States following withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the spokesperson pointed out that the relationship between the two countries was diversified and not a single issue specific.

She said the two countries are already engaged in cooperation in defence, economic, power and educational fields and this cooperation would continue.

In Afghanistan, she said, "We do not know what will be the shape of US presence and the kind of collaboration there would depend on events in Afghanistan and the kind of US presence there."

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