May 25, 2016, 5:05 PM
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Pak army chief slams US over drone strike in Balochistan

Islamabad, May 25, IRNA -- Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in a meeting with the US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale on Wednesday expressed serious concerns over the US drone strike in Balochistan, a military statement said.

“The situation arising after US drone strike in Balochistan on 22 May 2016 came under discussion,” an Inter-Services Public Relations statement said. Hale called on the army chief at General Headquarters.
The US drone strike targeting Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was the first-ever in Baluchistan province which has long been a ‘red line’ for Pakistan.
“While expressing his serious concerns over the said drone strike, the army chief said such acts of sovereignty violations are detrimental to relations between both countries and are counter-productive for ongoing peace process for regional stability,” the statement said.
It quoted the Chief of Army Staff as saying that Pakistan’s efforts, successes and sacrifices in fight against terrorism have been unparalleled.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also criticized the US drone strike describing it as a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. Meanwhile Pakistan summoned the US ambassador to express concern over the drone strike inside its territory.
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