Oct 31 2013, 3:25am CDT | by IANS
"The government of Pakistan strongly condemns the US drone strike that took place in Miranshah, North Waziristan, in the early hours of Oct 31. These strikes are a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the foreign ministry said.
"There is an across-the-board consensus in Pakistan that these drone strikes must end," the ministry said in a statement released hours after the strike.
It said the Pakistani government has consistently maintained that drone strikes were counter-productive, entailed loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications.
"Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in inter-state relations," the foreign ministry warned, adding that these drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of the US and Pakistan to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region.
Thursday's attack was the first strike in almost a month since Sep 30.
The attack came almost a week after rights groups Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch both released their reports on drone strikes and followed a report by the United Nations special rapporteur on the same issue.
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