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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has demanded an end to US-led assassination drone strikes in his country. "We respect the sovereignty of others and they should also respect our sovereignty and independence. This campaign should come to an end," Sharif said on Wednesday. Sharif made the remarks shortly after lawmakers endorsed him and he was elected prime minister for a third unprecedented term. On May 31, two days after seven people were killed in a US drone strike, Sharif strongly condemned the attacks against Pakistan, describing them as a violation of international law and the UN charter. Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants who cross the border into and out of Afghanistan. In September 2012, a report by the Stanford Law School and the New York University School of Law gave an alarming account of the effect that assassination drone strikes have on ordinary people in Pakistan’s tribal areas. “The number of ‘high-level’ targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low -- estimated at just 2%,” the report noted. The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington. SZH/PR
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