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Pakistan Army Chief Seriously Concerned Over U.S. Drone Strike

General Raheel Sharif
General Raheel Sharif

Pakistan's military says the country's army chief has met with U.S. Ambassador David Hale to express Islamabad's serious concerns over a drone strike on Pakistani soil that killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur.

A May 25 military statement says General Raheel Sharif denounced "such acts of sovereignty violations" as "detrimental to relations and counterproductive for the ongoing peace process."

The statement comes a day after Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan complained about the drone strike, saying it is “against international law” for the U.S. government to say that “whoever is a threat to them will be targeted wherever they are.”

Mansur was killed on May 21 when his vehicle was struck by a U.S. drone in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan. On May 25, the Taliban named Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of Mansur's two deputies, as successor.

Based on reporting by AP and Dawn