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There will be no shift in drone policy: US

WASHINGTON:  Talking to media persons Thursday, an US official said Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif raised the issues of drone attacks but US would not change its policy on drones.

He said Nawaz also raised the issues of Aafia Siddique’s release but US officials told him that they could not discuss the issue any further.

The US official told the media persons that Pakistan has been provided solid evidence against Hafiz Saeed and it should honour the sanctions imposed against Jamat-ud-Dawa.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday reiterated Islamabad s demand for putting an end to US drone strikes inside his country s territory, but the White House defended their use in counter-terror efforts.

Sharif said he wants to see US-Pakistan relations improve “but the issue of drones has become a major irritant in our bilateral relationship”.

A report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released on Tuesday said that US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen may constitute human rights violations and “appear to be war crimes.”

However, The United States hit back the same day at the charges, arguing that criticism from rights groups does not reflect events on the ground.

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