Pakistan to U.S.: Stop Drone Strikes

    Supporters of Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI - Movement for Justice) hold placards as they shout anti-US slogans during a protest in Islamabad on January 27, 2012, against US drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region. A US drone on January 23 fired missiles into a vehicle, killing four militants in Pakistan's Taliban and Al-Qaeda hub of North Waziristan that hugs the Afghan border, security officials said. It was only the third such US attack reported in the nuclear-armed state so far this year, following a moratorium after US firepower inadvertently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, plunging relations to an all-time low.
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    The Pakistani Parliament on Tuesday called for the U.S. to stop drone strikes in their country—and for an unconditional apology for the strike November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan issued the declaration in a five-page parliamentary review read by the chairman of the cross-party national security committee. The U.S. had hoped the parliamentary review would restore full diplomatic relations between the two countries, but the debate over the review’s findings has been pushed back until Monday—already a bad sign since the prime minister’s political career is currently in jeopardy and may not last past the weekend. Parliament also declared there should be no American “hot pursuit or boots on Pakistani territory,” a possible reference to the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. There have been an estimated 265 drone strikes in Pakistan since January 2008.

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