Rejecting the concerns expressed by Pakistan over violation of its sovereignty, the US today said that it respects Pakistan’s sovereignty but will continue to target terrorists inside Pakistan.
State Department Deputy Spokesman, Mark Toner said this in Washington in response to Pakistan expressing concern over the recent drone strike by American forces on its territory which killed Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
The Taliban chief was killed in the US drone strike on his vehicle in the south western Pakistani province of Baluchistan.
US President Barack Obama on Monday has confirmed that the US indeed targeted and killed Taliban chief in a drone strike as Mullah Akhtar Mansour posed threat to US and coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Pentagon had already clarified that this was a defensive strike and asserted that the drone strike has not strained ties with Pakistan.
Pakistan yesterday summoned US ambassador David Hale to express concern over the drone strike.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi pointed out to the US envoy that the drone strike was a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Tariq Fatemi said it was a breach of the UN’s Charter that guarantees the inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member states.