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17:47 | 2012-10-12


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Islamabad Formally Protests at US Drone Attacks

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Pakistani Foreign Ministry announced that it has sent a note of protest to the US Embassy over Washington's continued drone attacks on the Muslim country's soil.

The protest was lodged with the US Embassy in Islamabad on Thursday, following two recent US drone strikes in the country's Northwestern tribal regions.

"A protest has been lodged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the US Embassy in Islamabad against drone strikes inside Pakistani territory on 10 and 11 October, 2012," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The embassy was informed that the "unacceptable" drone strikes are not only a violation of international law, but also a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.

On Thursday, a US drone fired four missiles in the northwestern tribal area, killing at least 16 people.

A US drone strike on Wednesday, also killed five people in North Waziristan.

It was the first drone strike since demonstrators marched to the border of Pakistan's tribal region over the weekend to protest the attacks. Activists from the United States and Britain participated in the march, which was led by the cricket star turned politician Imran Khan.

The protest march against US drone strikes in Pakistan came to a halt on Sunday when authorities used steel shipping containers and security forces to block access to the demonstration's final destination in the tribal region.

When confronted with the roadblock, Khan directed protesters to turn back, saying the march had achieved its goal of drawing attention to the controversial US drone strikes.

According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the US has launched more than 300 drone strikes in Pakistan in the last eight years, killing more than 2,500 people in North Waziristan alone.

Some estimates say a large number of those were civilians, including children.