Pakistan to devise policy on US drone strike

Islamabad, May 31 (IANS) Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party, which will form the new government, has decided to devise a national policy on the US drone attacks, a leader said.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the media that all stakeholders will be taken into confidence before announcing the policy on drone attacks.

He said that drone attacks obstruct peace efforts as they help regroup the militants, reported Xinhua.

Chaudhry Nisar said the new government will also take all political forces on board while devising strategy to overcome other challenges faced by the country.

The statement comes after Pakistani Taliban withdrew their peace dialogue offer to the new government after their senior leader was killed in a US drone strike Wednesday.

The drone killed Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud, the No. 2 in Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, and five other activists, in North Waziristan.

Taliban had offered peace talks to the new government that raised hopes for an end to the on-going Taliban insurgency.

The slain Taliban leader was believed to be a strong supporter of peace talks, Taliban leaders say.