Pak senators furious over CIA’s exemption from conducting drone strikes within country

Islamabad, Jan 22: Pakistani lawmakers expressed outrage over the US government’s new Counter-Terrorism Manual which exempts the CIA from conducting drone strikes within the Pakistani territory.

A story reported by the Washington Post suggested that President Barack Obama’s administration would, through a new counter-terrorism manual, allow the CIA to continue striking Al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in Pakistan for a year or more, reports The Express Tribune.

The Pakistan government has said it would take up the issue with US envoy Richard Olson.

Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah called it a sheer violation of territorial sanctity and human rights. Shah added that the government as well as the military should take serious note of the “aggressive step” towards Pakistan.

He further said that it is a serious concern and will have long lasting implications in the country and on the region as whole. (ANI)