Pakistan ~ Rare condemnation by PM, army chief: 40 killed in drone attack

A day after the release of CIA operative Raymond Davis (who may have been involved in targeting drone strikes) by way of Saudi-paid blood money to the families of the men he shot… A missile attack on a jirga of pro-government tribal elders kills 40 civilians… inevitably reported first as 40 militants at a training camp.

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from Pakistan’s Dawn Newspaper online ~

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the incident and called the attack an “irrational act”.

“Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has strongly condemned the drone attack and said it will only strengthen hands of radical and extremist elements,” an official statement said.

“Such an irrational behaviour negatively impacts efforts to separate militants from peaceful and patriotic tribesmen of the areas,” he said.

In a statement issued by ISPR, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani 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.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/18/rare-condemnation-by-pm-army-chief-40-killed-in-drone-attack.html

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