Pakistan expresses concern over US drone strike in its territory

ISLAMABAD, May 23 (KUNA) — Pakistan on Monday summoned the ambassador of United States, David Hale, to express concern over the US air strike inside Pakistani territory on May 21, said Foreign Office.
According to a statement released by Pakistan Foreign Office, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi pointed out to the US envoy that the drone strike was a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a breach of the United Nations’ Charter that guarantees the inviolability of territorial integrity of its member states.
He also emphasized that such actions could adversely impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban.
The Special Assistant also underlined that Pakistan and the United States had been closely coordinating in the fight against the menace of terrorism and that this cooperation needed to be maintained, read the statement.
Earlier in the day, the provincial assembly of Punjab province unanimously passed a resolution condemning the US drone strike. The statement came after a drone strike by US reportedly targeted Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Pakistan. (end) sbk.bs

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