Pakistan has “strongly” condemned an airstrike carried out by a US assassination drone, which killed at least seven people in the country’s northwestern tribal area.
“These unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
The deadly attack occurred earlier on Sunday, when a US drone fired four missiles at two houses in Shawal area, about 55 kilometers (35 miles) west of Miranshah Town.
The statement further said that Islamabad has repeatedly emphasized “the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes.”
Reports say the latest drone strike is the 19th of its kind in Pakistan in 2013. More than 100 people have lost their lives in such strikes in the country so far this year.
The Pakistani government has repeatedly protested against the US drone strikes, saying they violate the Asian country’s sovereignty.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently blasted the deadly assaults in his country, describing them as a violation of the international law and the United Nations Charter.
Washington claims its drone strikes target militants, although casualty figures show that Pakistani civilians often fall victim to the attacks.
The United States often uses its assassination drones to hit targets in Pakistan and some other countries including Yemen and Afghanistan.
US President Barack Obama has defended the use of the controversial drones as “self-defense.”
The airstrikes, initiated under former US President George W. Bush, have been escalated under the Obama administration.
The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes in Pakistan pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.