Pakistan summons US Ambassador for airstrike that targeted Taliban supreme leader

Tariq Fatemi in a meeting US ambassador David Hale. PHOTO: FILE

Tariq Fatemi in a meeting US ambassador David Hale. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The US Ambassador to Pakistan was summoned in the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan for an airstrike that targeted the Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

“The Ambassador of the United States Mr. David Hale was called in today by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, to express concern over the drone strike on Pakistani territory on Saturday, 21 May 2016,” a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Pakistan said.

The statement further added “In the meeting, Mr. Tariq Fatemi pointed out that the drone strike was a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a breach of the United Nation’s Charter that guarantees the inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member states.”

“He also emphasized that such actions could adversely impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban,” the statement said.

The statement also added that the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister also underlined that Pakistan and the United States had been closely coordinating in the fight against the menace of terrorism and that this cooperation needed to be maintained.

The Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed in an airstrike invlving US drones in Balochistan province of Afghanistan late on Saturday.

The attack on Mansoor was widely welcomed by the Afghan government and security institutions as well as the US officials who called the elimination of Mansoor a major achievement in fight against terrorism. -KP

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