US targeting innocent people in Waziristan: Gilani

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{image-Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani_10092008.jpg}Lahore, Sep 10: Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the US was targeting innocent people in Pakistani tribal area of Waziristan, and that his Government "will not make any compromise on Pakistan's sovereignty and integrity".

Gilani said this in a TV interview. "Pakistan was passing through a difficult phase, but would not give in to any pressure," the Daily Times quoted him as saying in the interview. He added that he had discussed the issues related to co-operation between Pakistan and Afghanistan in his meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who was in Islamabad on Tuesday, Sep 9 to attend President Asif Zardari's oath-taking ceremony. The statement assumes significance as it comes in the wake of the sudden increase in the number of incidents of drone attacks in the Tribal Areas in the last few days.

At least 17 people were killed in a drone missile attack in North Waziristan on Monday, Sep 8 while a similar attack on two houses in the agency's Garvek village on Friday killed three children and two women. Similarly, on Thursday a missile strike killed five people in North Waziristan.


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