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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.