You just can’t make this up. Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned yesterday’s drone strike by the US that killed Hakeemullah Mehsud, the emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The full statement is reproduced below:
The Government of Pakistan strongly condemns the US drone strike that took place in North Waziristan on Friday evening, 01 November 2013. These strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. There is an across the board consensus in Pakistan that these drone strikes must end.
The Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations.
These drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region.
Keep in mind that as the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan for four years, Hakeemullah engineered the deaths of thousands of Pakistani civilians, soldiers, and policemen. Taliban fighters under his command have launched suicide attacks and assaults in mosques, shrines, hospitals, markets, hotels, police stations, and military bases.
But in the end, the Pakistani government’s outrage is unsurprising. Hakeemullah’s death will no doubt sabotage peace talks. For years, the military and the government have been keen on negotiating with the Taliban, despite the horrific attacks carried out by the group and the brutal rule that is enforced once areas fall under control of the jihadist outfit.
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