Pakistan decries drone strikes on its soil, as US considers more

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 23, 2017

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Pakistan shot down an Iranian drone in Panjgur sector near the Pak-Iran border.

Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants in April. "The drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force as it was unidentified and was flying at around 3-4 kms inside Pakistani territory", it said.

Responding to question during the weekly media briefing, the FO spokesman maintained that Pakistan's policy is clear on this issue that such strikes are are counter-productive and violate the sovereignty of Pakistan.

Officials said the drone was shot down after it had ventured "deep inside Pakistani airspace".

"We can not accept the continuation of this situation", Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the head of the Iranian armed forces was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

Pakistan is committed not to let its soil used against any other country, the spokesperson reiterated. Operations against terrorists seek to serve our national interest, he explained.

"Pakistan attaches importance to its relationship with the US", Zakaria said. Two-way visits will help strengthening Pakistan-Afghanistan ties, he added.

During the briefing, Pakistan foreign office spokesman also rejected Afghanistan reservations over the fencing of Pakistan-Afghanistan border and said the construction of fencing would stop militants' cross border movements.

Zakaria also dismissed the reported criticism of the Afghan government over the fencing, saying "we are undertaking the fencing on our side of the border".

On June 16, two officials working at the consulate reportedly went missing while returning to Pakistan, according to a press statement.

He added, Afghanistan has constituted three teams to rescue the diplomats.

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