COAS Pakistan strongly condemns predator strike

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani strongly condemned the predator strike carried out on Thursday in North Waziristan Agency resulting in loss of innocent lives.

He said it is highly regrettable that a jirga of peaceful citizens including elders of the area was carelessly and callously targeted with complete disregard to human life, said a ISPR press release issued here.

“In complete violation of human rights, such acts of violence take us away from our objective of elimination of terrorism. It is imperative to understand that this critical objective cannot be sacrificed for temporary tactical gains. Security of people of Pakistan, in any case, stands above all," he added.

COAS said “Pakistan Army condoles with the families whose dear and near ones have been martyred in this senseless attack. Pakistan Army shares the grief of people of Waziristan. Troops on ground have been ordered to render all possible assistance to bereaved families.”

"Pakistan Army wishes to assure brave people of Waziristan that we shall do our best and utmost to protect their life, honour and dignity at all costs. Pakistan Army is fighting the terrorists and not its brethren in tribal areas." Gen Kayani added

The COAS said that Pakistan Army has already launched a protest in the strongest possible terms, adding that it has been highlighted clearly that such aggression against people of Pakistan is unjustified and intolerable under any circumstances.

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