Pak tells US not to cross 'red line' in country's tribal areas

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 08:40 hrs

Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, has slammed the Obama administration for continued drone strikes in the tribal areas, calling the violation a "red line" that should not be crossed.

Rehman said that drones strikes were a clear violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and a violation of international law that threatened stable relations between the two governments, reports The Dawn.

She said the drone strategy creates more potential terrorists on the ground and militants on the ground instead of taking them out.

She also rejected persistent media reports that Pakistan tacitly approved the strikes while denouncing them publicly as untrue.

The US has launched hundreds of drone strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), killing dozens of militant leaders.

Pakistan has appreciates the elimination of some key terrorists, it says that the drones also have killed a large number of innocent civilians.

Rehman complained that the US had failed to appreciate Pakistan's domestic terrorism problems and counter-terrorism operations, which have cost nearly 50,000 military and civilian lives and billions of dollars in expenditures and lost income over the past decade.

She said Pakistan was increasingly concerned that the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would leave "the kind of detritus we were left to deal with" after the last US departure from the region in the early 1990s. (ANI)

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