Drone strike kills 3 militants in NW Pakistan, say officials

The writer is a former ambassador of Pakistan

The rare drone strike in Pakistan came weeks after U.S. President, Donald Trump, announced a new policy for Afghanistan and the broader South Asian region that alarmed Islamabad.

Afghan Taliban sources said the attack targeted Pakistan-based Haqqani militants who are allied to the Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Najib Danesh said two policemen and one civilian were killed and five people wounded.

The US is believed to have ordered at least two other drone attacks this year. Tribal sources described Mohib as a loyalist of the Haqqani terrorist network, an ally of the Taliban who are fighting USA -led forces in Afghanistan.


Sources tell VOA that missiles fired from an unmanned aircraft destroyed a house in sem-iautonomous Kurram tribal district, which borders the Afghan province of Khost.

Maulana Samiul Haq, known as "Father of Taliban", chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, said the Taliban has pledged to stand by the government of Pakistan in case of any aggressive design pursued by the United States against the country.

Asmat is a believed to be a relative of Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, who served as ambassador to Pakistan during the Taliban's rule.

Pakistan considers the drone strike a violation of sovereignty, while the US accuses Pakistan of providing safe havens for militants. In its last high-profile attack inside Pakistan, the U.S. had in May 2016 killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Balochistan.

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