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    Pakistani local residents gathering around a destroyed vehicle hit by a drone strike in which Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was believed to be travelling in the remote town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan, around 160 kilometres west of Quetta

    Pakistan Summons US Ambassador Over Drone Strike Against Taliban Leader

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    Islamabad summoned US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale over a recent drone strike on the country's territory, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — On Saturday, Washington carried out the drone strike killing Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mansour near a remote southwestern Pakistani town near the Afghanistan's border. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif slammed the strike as a violation of the country's sovereignty.

    "In the meeting, Mr. Tariq Fatemi pointed out that the drone strike was a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and a breach of the United Nation's Charter that guarantees the inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member states. He also emphasized that such actions could adversely impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban," the statement read.

    The foreign ministry stressed that Pakistan and the United States had been closely coordinating the anti-terrorist fight and the coordination had to be further maintained.

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