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Pak asks US to stop drone attacks inside its territory

world Updated: Jan 26, 2009 20:31 IST
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Asking America to roll back its policy of conducting cross-border drone attacks inside Pakistani territory, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday said he will take up the issue with world leaders at an upcoming economic summit in Switzerland.

Noting that the American people had voted for a change, Gilani said he hoped that US President Barack Obama would change his policies, including the policy of conducting drone attacks inside Pakistan.

He also pointed out that the new US administration was still in a state of transition.

Gilani told reporters that he would take up the issue with world leaders at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland. The premier will leave here tomorrow to attend the WEF meet.

Gilani was of the opinion that the US policy in Afghanistan had not been successful as the situation in the neighbouring country was not normal.

Replying to another question, Gilani said Pakistan's investigations into the Mumbai terrorist attacks are continuing and findings will be shared with India and the world.

Asked about the situation in the troubled northwestern Swat valley, Gilani said the local Taliban will not be allowed to run a parallel judicial system in the region.

"We will not accept the parallel courts of the Taliban," he said.

"The government will not allow the Taliban to set up their courts and we will deal with them sternly," he added.