Kerry says al-Qaeda, not US drone strikes challenging Pak's sovereignty

Islamabad, Aug. 1 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to stop US drone strikes in the country's tribal areas.

Responding to Pakistan's concerns over drone strikes and violation of sovereignty, Kerry pointed out that elements such as Ayman al Zawarihi, al-Qaeda leader, challenged Pakistan's sovereignty.

According to the Express Tribune, Kerry will also be meeting outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.

During his talks with Kerry, Nawaz emphasised Pakistan's desire to get access to the American markets to boost economy and assistance in overcoming the energy crisis.

Kerry reiterated the US government's stance on Diamer Bhasha Dam and said his country will facilitate its construction.

He also revealed that nothing was discussed with regard to a possible prisoners swap agreement between Pakistan and US and of repatriating Aafia Siddqui, the report added. (ANI)


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