Pakistan is mulling approaching the UN Security Council to mount diplomatic pressure on Washington for halting drone strikes within its tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, a media report claimed on Monday. "We have determined it in principle. we’ll soon be making ready our case for approaching the UN
on these attacks," a federal minister told The specific Tribune daily requesting anonymity.
The move comes amid protests in Pakistan against the attacks by the yankee CIA-operated pilot-less aircraft in North and South Waziristan tribal regions.
The paper quoted another unnamed official as saying that "since the UNSC resolution that allowed international forces’ attack Afghanistan back in 2001 didn’t sanction any hot pursuit within Pakistan, we’ve a solid case."
Though it’s still not determined how the UNSC would be asked to use its influence to prevent drone attacks, the Minister said the popular ways may be to send a letter to the council through a cupboard panel.
The cabinet committee on national security had determined during a meeting last year that Pakistan ought to add "aggression" in its pursuit to secure Islamabad’s "vital" interests in Afghanistan by disseminating some "rough and tough" messages to Washington, the daily said.
"That is what we wish to try to to earlier than the Afghan endgame…our call to travel to the UNSC may be a a part of the policy of sending rough and difficult messages," the paper quoted the unnamed minister as saying.
The drone strikes became a bone of rivalry between the 2 nations.
US officers privately argue that these strikes are useful in confiscating "high-value targets" from al-Qaeda and affiliated teams allegedly hiding within the tribal badlands. However, officially, the Americans do not own drone attacks.
But Pakistani leaders are against these strikes, saying that they complicate the country’s counter-terror efforts by alienating the native tribal population, the daily said.
There has been a major rise in diplomatic tensions between Islamabad and Washington over these unilateral strikes despite many high-level contacts between the highest diplomatic and military officers from either side.
It was Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who told the National Assembly recently that Islamabad would compile diplomatic pressure on Washington for putting an finish to drone hits.
Until currently Pakistan has been negotiating with the US to prevent these attacks bilaterally. however currently Islamabad has determined to use multilateral forums, just like the UN, to place diplomatic pressure on the US administration to finish them.