Drone Strikes will continue on ‘Pakistan’s tribal areas’, says Gass
Tue Jun 12, 3:20 pm
Drone attacks would continue targeting the insurgents as long as the terrorists’ shelters are not destroyed in the tribal areas of Pakistan, said a senior NATO representative.
Addressing a joint news conference on Monday with the Governor of Kunar, the NATO Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, Simon Gass, said the continuation of drone strikes on the bordering areas of Pakistan was very important for the suppression of the terrorists.
“Though Pakistan is suffering from the continuation of such attacks, but the insurgents are present in its tribal areas, so, the air strikes will continue,” Gass stressed.
Here NATO announces the drone attacks will continue, while Pakistani government has repeatedly denounced such acts.
The Foreign Ministry of Pakistan has said that the continuation of drone airstrikes on its territory has violated its National Sovereignty and it would never allow any country to attack on its soil.
Pointing to the rocket attacks by Pakistan on the eastern areas of Afghanistan, Simon Gass said NATO was trying for a diplomatic solution to the dispute.
He said the issue of rocket attacks would be examined by the trilateral commission of Afghanistan, Pakistan and NATO.
The Governor of Kunar Syed Fazlullah Wahidi, who was also present during the news conference, said he had discussed Pakistan’s rocket attacks with the NATO officials, but so far it has been fruitless.
The eastern areas of Afghanistan, especially the Kunar province has been coming under the rocket attacks from Pakistan’s side for the last few months.
Earlier, the Governor of Kunar had said that his investigations showed Pakistani soldiers were behind the attacks.
Though Pakistan has repeatedly rejected his forces’ involvement in the attacks but the Afghan border locals say the attacks are being carried by the Pakistani forces.