While India finds a partner in Iran, Pak protests against old ally US over drone attack

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Karachi, May 23: While India's top leadership was engaging Iran as a strategic partner, the Pakistani establishment found itself at an incovenient end vis-a-vis its traditional ally---the US.

On Sunday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lashed out at the American drone strike in Balochistan on Saturday and said a strong protest had been lodged with the US over the attack. [India needs Iran against China-Pak designs]

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Speaking to journalists in London where he went for medical check-up, Sharif said the air strike in the Dalbandin area of Balochistan is a violation of his country's sovereignty. [Chabahar vs Gwadar: Geopolitics of ports]

Television channels quoted the premier as saying that it was not clear whether Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was among the two persons who were reportedly killed in the air strike. [PM Modi's media statement during Iran visit]

A statement by Islamabad's Foreign Office said the US shared the information that a drone strike had been carried out in Pakistan near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in which Mansour was targeted.

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