'Sharif to convince Obama on drone attacks'

Islamabad, Oct 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will try to convince US President Barack Obama about Islamabad's concerns on the drone attacks when the two leaders meet Wednesday, reported Xinhua citing Pakistan's information minister.

Sharif will also inform Obama about the dialogue process with the Taliban towards establishing peace in the country, Pervaiz Rashid said Tuesday.

According to Pakistan's foreign ministry, Sharif is scheduled to meet President Obama at the White House in Washington Wednesday, the last day of his three-day official visit. It will be the first meeting of the two leaders.

Meanwhile, the information minister's remarks came hours after a rights group report said that the US has killed civilians in unlawful drone attacks in the country's tribal regions.

The Amnesty International's report "Will I be next?" said the Obama administration may be guilty of war crimes as many of those killed accounted for by the US military as terrorists were in fact civilians, including a 68-year-old grandmother and a 14-year- old boy.

Pakistan's principled stand is that these attacks are not only infringement of sovereignty but also against the international laws, and its benefits are less than its negative implications in the war on terror, a Pakistani foreign ministry spokesperson said.

"This stance is now accepted across the world. The UN secretary general and the world human rights groups endorse it," he added.


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