Islamabad, Oct. 30: Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Zhao Qizheng, has seconded Pakistan’s stance on the issue of U.S. drone strikes in the tribal areas, saying that such air raids are a violation of regional sovereignty.
Zhao also appreciated Islamabad’s role in bringing peace to once violence-hit Xinjiang province of China.
“The Chinese nation is thankful to Pakistani nation for adopting adequate measures to handle the issue of miscreants active in Xingjian in the name of jihad,” The Nation quoted Zhao, as saying.
Zhao led a delegation at a meeting with Pakistani parliamentarians at the Parliament House.
Pakistan too reiterated its support to China over the issues of Taiwan, Tibet, Xingjian and other major challenges confronting China.
Pakistan has time and again called for an end to drone attacks, terming them counter-productive in the fight against militancy, and has urged for alternative solutions.
The U.S., however, has refused to do so, and have continued its drone war against deadly militant outfits like the Haqqani Network, taking shelter in the restive tribal region of North Waziristan.
Earlier, in May, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had termed the use of drone strikes in Pakistan to target terrorist targets as absolutely essential ‘to our ability to defend Americans”. He had called drone strikes “one of the most precise weapons that we have in our arsenal”. (ANI)