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Pakistan lodges official protest with US on missile strikes

PTI 23 Aug 2012, 22:20:12 IST
Islamabad, Aug 23: Pakistan has formally launched a protest with the United States over a flurry of missile strikes by the US last week in its tribal areas.

Pakistan's Foreign Office today summoned a senior US diplomat and lodged the official protest. Pakistan made it clear to the US that missile strikes in its tribal territory, especially North Waziristan Agency (NWA), are against international laws.

The diplomat was told by the Foreign Office that such strikes are a violation of the country's sovereignty and such strikes are not acceptable to Islamabad.

The statement on foreign ministry website said: "The US Embassy was today démarched on recent drone strikes in North Waziristan. A senior US diplomat was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and informed that the drone strikes were unlawful, against international law and a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. It was emphatically stated that such attacks were unacceptable".

Last week, the US launched a number of missile strikes in NWA killing over a dozen people.