US drone strike has dashed hopes for peace talks, claims Aziz
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): While confirming the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Advisor on Foreign AffairsSartaj Aziz claimed on Thursday the raid had dashed hopes for Afghan peace negotiations.
"All indicators confirm that the person killed in the drone strike was Mullah Mansour, who was travelling on a fake identity," Aziz confirmed, saying the Pakistan government was awaiting the DNA test report.
The body would not be handed over till the DNA report was received, he said, lamenting the peace process had been derailed twice in less than a year. There was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, the official opined.
He went on to argue the use of force over the past decade and a half had failed to pave the ground for peace. The American approach would further destabilise Afghanistan, with terrible consequences for the region, he warned.
“A politically negotiated settlement remains the most viable option for bringing lasting peace to Afghanistan. The military approach has been tried for 15 years and could not achieve the objective," Aziz maintained.
Since 2001, 390 drone strikes had been conducted in Pakistan, he said, adding they had been protesting against the raids at world for a, including the United Nations. "Drone attacks are an attack on Pakistan's sovereignty."
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