Pakistan MPs ask govt to shoot down drones
"As a last resort, the government should target drones, as we’re capable of shooting down these pilotless aircraft," a Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf lawmaker told the lower house on Wednesday.
Dr Shireen Mazari, speaking in the National Assembly, said: "It's a defining movement for the government to convey a clear message to the US that drones are counterproductive and unacceptable to us."
Tariqullah, a parliamentarian from the rightwing Jamaat-i-Islami party, held a similar view. He quoted a military official as asserting Pakistan's capability of shooting down the remotely-piloted aircraft.
But members of most political parties stressed the need for avoiding confrontation with the US and pursuing peace negotiations with the Taliban militants.
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