Two hours after her official briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam confirmed and condemned two pre-dawn US drone strikes that struck militant hideouts in North Waziristan agency in the past 24 hours.
“The government of Pakistan condemns the two incidents of US drone strikes that took place near Miranshah in North Waziristan on 11 and 12 June,” said a statement from the foreign office.
“These strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and additionally, these strikes have a negative impact on the government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region,” it said.
Earlier during weekly media briefing Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said additional security measures have been taken along the border with Afghanistan on the eve of second round of afghan presidential elections to be held on Saturday.
She said the measures include enhanced vigilance and security along the border, enhanced patrolling and closure of border crossing areas. Besides, she said the immigration staff will increase their checking and communication will be strengthened with the Afghan counterparts through existing communication mechanism and the hotline contact. She recalled that Pakistan had also taken special measures along the border with Afghanistan on the occasion of first phase of presidential elections there.
Tasnim Aslam said the Afghan presidential elections are a milestone in the democratic journey of Afghan people. Congratulating the people of Afghanistan on this achievement, she reiterated that these elections are an afghan affair with Afghan electoral institutions in the lead.
She hoped that the Afghan voters will once again demonstrate their firm resolve and exercise their right to franchise with full determination.
She said Pakistan sincerely supports the cause of democracy and peaceful transition in Afghanistan. It is our earnest hope that the Afghan nation will emerge safer and more unified at the culmination of the presidential elections. She said Pakistan stands committed to support Afghan people in every possible manner in their quest for peace and prosperity.
When asked about the US drone attack in North Waziristan, Tasnim Aslam said our position on these strikes is very clear and evident from different resolutions. As regards the recent drone strikes, we are still ascertaining the situation and facts.
When his response was sought on the reports that Indian weapons were used in the Karachi attack, she said investigation is still continuing into the incident. We are not in a habit of hurling allegations without any proper investigation. She said terror is an issue that Pakistan and India discuss whenever they meet.
On Pak-India foreign secretary level talks, she said both the countries are in contact for the resumption of dialogue process.
To another question, Tasnim Aslam said the presence of foreign terrorists in the tribal areas has a history. Obviously terrorism poses threat to our security and we can eradicate this menace through collective efforts. She said the issue of movement of foreign terrorists to the tribal areas is discussed on regular basis with Afghanistan.
On the kidnapping of the Chinese nations, Tasnim Aslam said the Punjab government has constituted two to three teams to investigate the matter and recover the kidnapped Chinese nationals.