Pakistan condemns US drone attacks
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has condemned unauthorized US drone attacks on suspected militant hideouts inside tribal areas.
"The government with the help of law enforcement agencies has succeeded to separate terrorists from local population but drone attacks were affecting the efforts to end terrorism from the country, therefore we condemn it and we are against it," Gilani said during a parliament session on Wednesday, a Press TV correspondent reported.
"We have told the world and the United States that this technology must be given to us so we take actions on our own," he added, reiterating that US drone attacks were "counterproductive."
Unsanctioned US airstrikes started under the administration of former President George W. Bush and have hiked since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
Washington claims its air raids target militants who cross the Pakistani border into Afghanistan to help the Taliban fight US-led foreign forces.
Islamabad has repeatedly condemned the strikes, stressing that the air raids threaten the country's sovereignty and that such attacks have proved counterproductive in the US-led war against terrorism.
Large numbers of people have so far died in the strikes.