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Pakistan      Six persons killed in separate incidents in Karachi
Pakistan      Four militants killed in clash with SFs in FATA
India      Maoists kill three JPC cadres in Jharkhand
Pakistan      Two persons killed in Balochistan
India      CRPF trooper killed in Jammu and Kashmir
Bangladesh      Regional Leader of PBCP killed in Pabna District
India      Pakistani hackers attacking Rajasthan Government sites
India      Arms & ammunition recovered in Assam
India      Fresh photos of Maoist No. 2 seized
Pakistan      Four suspects including three would-be suicide bombers arrested in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Pakistan      Two suspects arrested in Punjab
India      Two militants arrested in Manipur
Nepal      Opposition cadres clash with Police as they wave black flags at PM Bhattarai in Baglung District
Pakistan      Federal Cabinet approves Bill to set up NACTA to fight terror
Bangladesh      Witnesses testify against JeI leader Kamaruzzaman and Azad at ICT-2
Pakistan      Drone strikes targeted terrorists in FATA violating the sovereignty of the country, says Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a written reply to a petition filed by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed
Pakistan      US-Islamabad ties fully repaired, says Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar
India      Government to come up with latest version of net addresses to combat cyber crime
India      26/11 accused David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana to be sentenced in January 2013
India      NSCN-Khole-Kitovi starts issuing IDs to non-Nagas in Nagaland
India      TTP-Jundullah faction threaten India to avenge Ajmal Kasab's death in a month
Sri Lanka      TNA calls for the release of political prisoners in the country
Pakistan      Marc Grossman US Special Envoy to Afghanistan-Pakistan stepping down next month, says Grossman's spokeswoman Laura Lucas
India      90 Pakistani infiltrators have entered into India through Indo-Pak border, says Union Home Ministry report

Drone strikes targeted terrorists in FATA violating the sovereignty of the country, says Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a written reply to a petition filed by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 28 told the Lahore High Court (LHC) that the main focus of United States (US) drone attacks was on targeting terrorists in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), however, these strikes were in violation of country’s sovereignty, reports Dawn. In a written reply submitted in connection with a petition filed by Jama’at-ud-Dawa (JuD) Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed against US drones attacks on Pakistani soil to Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, the Ministry said the Pakistan Government had been consistent in registering its strong protest with the US on collateral damage and violation of sovereignty. It said the quarters concerned and the Parliament had also been denouncing these attacks which were also conveyed to the US Government. In his petition the JuD chief had submitted that the Federal Government be directed to make public information about all matters of public importance, especially the secret ‘deals’ with US in implementation of article 19-A of the Constitution which entitles every citizen of Pakistan to have access to all information.

The Ministry further stated that the US started to opt for drone attacks in tribal areas of Pakistan essentially from 2008 onwards. However, the frequency of the attacks increased in 2009 as 37 strikes were made in that year and 115 in 2010 when the US administration decided to dismantle safe havens of terrorists on the border areas, it said and added that so far more than 200 drone strikes had taken place.

The Ministry also clarified that it had neither any record nor was privy to any agreement with the US Government for carrying out drone attacks. It said the Pakistan Government would continue to underscore with the US side about the futility of these attacks that were enhancing anti-Americanism and affecting the bilateral relations.

At the end of the reply, the Ministry requested the court to dismiss the petition filed by JuD being not maintainable. It said the petitioner approached the LHC under article 199 of the Constitution which allowed only an aggrieved person to file a petition. The Public Interest Litigation fell within the purview of article 184(3) of the Constitution which was the jurisdiction of Supreme Court.






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