ISLAMABAD, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani parliament on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution demanding an immediate halt to drone attacks on the Pakistani territory.
The resolution moved by Naeema Kishwar Khan of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami and others in the Lower House on Tuesday of the parliament strongly condemned the U.S. drone attacks, saying these constitute violation of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international laws and humanitarian norms.
Speaking on the resolution, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch said the incumbent government has strongly opposed the drone strikes from day one and maintained that these amount to violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.
He said the government is using diplomatic channels for the halting of drone attacks as these are counter-productive for peace and security in the region.
The Minister regretted that some political parties resorted to sit-ins and other political gimmicks on the matter. He said their tactics have proved counter-productive during the last ten and fifteen days.
"We need to adopt appropriate diplomatic channels," he said.
Leader of the opposition Pakistan Tehrik Insaf Arif Alvi clarified that his party blocked NATO's supplies to express resentment on drone attacks and this move has no political motives.
Pakistani parliament adjourned to mourn Nelson Mandela's death
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani parliament was adjourned on Friday to pay homage to South Africa's former President and Nobel Laureate Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95.
The National Assembly or Lower House of the parliament did not take up the routine business and the members expressed shock at the demise of Nelson Mandela and lauded his struggle against the apartheid. Full story