US drone strikes in Pakistan violates international law: Masood Khan

UNITED NATIONS: Reaffirming its stand that US drone strikes were counterproductive in combating terrorism, Pakistan on Monday called for an immediate end to such attacks on its soil to avert more civilian deaths and injuries.
“The use of armed drones against Pakistan’s tribal territory violates international law by infringing our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, told the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues.
“Moreover, there is no justification for these strikes because Pakistan is pursuing with full vigour the Zarb-e-Azb operation to take out terrorists and dismantle their networks,” he said while participating in a discussion on the annual report of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.
The Pakistani envoy said civilian casualties resulting from drone-strikes incite public sentiment and radicalize more people and were, therefore, counterproductive.
“Armed drone strikes have a devastating impact on individuals, children, families and communities in regard to safety, education, religious and cultural practices,” he said, referring to the resolutions passed by the Security Council that raised concerns about of the use of armed drones leading to violation of international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law. “The fear of secondary or fresh strikes keeps them traumatized.”

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