Pakistan decries use of armed drones in war against terror

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Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

Terrorism is one of Pakistan's most urgent security challenges.

That's what the country's Prime Minister told delegates on Friday during the United Nations General Assembly debate.

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has resolved to use all means at its disposal to fight terrorism, but that it has also offered dialogue to end the violence.

Mr. Sharif underscored the importance of "winning the hearts and minds, particularly the youth, is as important as using guns to deter terrorism."

He also firmly reminded the Assembly, that the war against terror should be waged within the framework of international law.

"The use of armed drones in the border areas of Pakistan is a continued violation of our territorial integrity. It results in casualties of innocent civilians and is detrimental to our resolve and efforts to eliminate extremism and terrorism from Pakistan. I have urged the United States of America  to cease these strikes, so that we could avert further casualties and suffering."

Nawaz Sharif said in the past 12 years, Pakistan has made huge sacrifices in people and resources.

Over 40,000 people have died, including women and children, and "colossal damages" made to the country's social and physical infrastructure.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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