ISLAMABAD: For the first time, the Pakistan mission in the United States is all set to directly approach the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a resolution against the highly controversial drone attacks that are believed to have spoiled peace talks between the Pakistani government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Talking to The News minister for information and broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said Pakistan has started preparations to raise the issue of drone attacks at the United Nations forum in accordance with the recommendations of the recently held All Parties Conference.
The minister said the embassies and diplomatic mission of Pakistan would also raise the issue of drone attacks all over the world and “we would inform the international about how drone attacks are fanning extremism and terrorism in Pakistan.”
“We strongly believe that the recent drone attack that killed TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsood has caused dent to the peace process that was aimed at finding out a solution to the growing terrorism in Pakistan,” he said.
An official claimed that Masood Khan, Pakistan’s permanent envoy at the United Nations, also held talks with high-ups of the government in September this year and he was directed to carry out the spade work to raise the issue of drone strikes at the United Nations.
The minister said Pakistan has lodged formal and informal protests over America’s highly controversial unmanned war in Pakistan’s tribal regions, but now it has finally decided to take up the issue at the United Nations.
Referring to the international laws the minister said killing unarmed and innocent civilians is a clear breach of the international law and Pakistan calls for immediate cessation of drone attacks inside its territorial borders.
Some media reports quoting official sources claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of drone strikes twice during his recent meeting with US President Obama.
Source: The News