Pakistan protests over US drone strike, summons US envoy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan lodged a strong protest today with the United States over the latest drone strike that left seven people dead in North Waziristan tribal area close to Afghanistan border.

Foreign Office summoned US Charge d’ Affaires Richard Hoagland to convey Pakistan’s strong protest over the missile attack.

Friday’s attack came two days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the United States must call off the drone campaign.

Tariq Fatemi, Special Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, reiterated that drone strokes were violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

Drone strikes are causing a negative impact on mutual interests of two nations, stresses Fatemi.

He said that an immediate action is required end to drone strikes.

Islamabad has repeatedly called for an end to the highly controversial US drone campaign in the tribal regions which, it says, is damaging its counter-insurgency efforts.