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is the rea­son that th­ese at­tacks went down to eleven last year and three so far this year. He pointed out that over the last ten years the US car­ried out around four hun­dred drone strikes on Pak­istani ter­ri­tory.

Sar­taj Aziz said the re­cent drone strike in Balochis­tan has added to the com­plex­ity and un­der­mined the Afghan peace process. “It is the sec­ond time that the talks have been sab­o­taged. First th­ese were un­der­mined soon af­ter the Mur­ree process when the news of Mul­lah Omar killed two years ear­lier, was dis­closed.” He said the re­cent at­tack hap­pened just three days af­ter the QCG meet­ing which reem­pha­sized for ne­go­ti­ated set­tle­ment of the is­sue. He said Pak­istan has also briefed dif­fer­ent coun­tries in­clud­ing China, Rus­sia, Saudi Ara­bia and Cen­tral Asian States about the fall out of the re­cent drone at­tack.

“Killing of Mulla Akhtar Man­soor has brought a neg­a­tive re­sponse from the Afghan Tal­iban lead­er­ship about the di­a­logue process but Pak­istan’s com­mit­ment in this re­gard re­mains undi­min­ished,” he said adding Pak­istani gov­ern­ment is in touch with the Afghan Gov­ern­ment and we want the con­tin­u­a­tion of QCG process to achieve the ob­jec­tive of peace and se­cu­rity through ne­go­ti­a­tions. He said mil­i­tary op­tion is not vi­able op­tion but an Afghan led and Afghan-owned peace process is the only way for­ward. He said that Pak­istan wants to main­tain bal­ance re­la­tions with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries and world cap­i­tal. He, how­ever, said that pro­tec­tion of sovereignty and na­tional se­cu­rity re­mains the para­mount guid­ing prin­ci­ples of our for­eign pol­icy. Ear­lier, the mem­bers strongly de­nounced the drone at­tack in Balochis­tan, say­ing this amount to vi­o­la­tion of Pak­istan’s sovereignty. They said those op­pos­ing the US poli­cies are es­pe­cially at the hit list of Wash­ing­ton. They said that the drone at­tacks on Pak­istan ter­ri­tory are in sheer vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional laws and norms. They said it is sur­pris­ing that the drone strike in Balochis­tan to­tally de­stroyed the ve­hi­cle of Tal­iban Chief Mul­lah Akhtar Man­soor but his pass­port and ID Card re­mained safe.

They said that Pak­istan stands for peace and se­cu­rity in the re­gion and its se­cu­rity forces have ren­dered im­mense sac­ri­fices to achieve this ob­jec­tive.

Those who spoke on the mo­tion in­cluded Farhat­ul­lah Babar, Ne­hal Hashmi, Muham­mad Azam Khan Swati, Muham­mad Javed Ab­basi, Ab­dul Qayyum, John Ken­neth Wil­liams and Hafiz Ham­dul­lah.

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