Drone Strike against the Afghan Peace Process: Sartaj Aziz
He clarified that Pakistani leadership was not taken onboard before the drone attack and mentioned that "Secretary John Kerry notified the Army Chief after three-and-a-half hours and the Prime Minister at 10:30 pm".
He dismissed the impression that a few Taliban persons were a hurdle to negotiations, and mentioned a statement by Interior Ministry that indicators were strong with a hope that they would come to negotiation table with passage of time.
On a question whether the U.S. had resumed its policy of drone strikes in Pakistan, he said the government after taking office in 2013, had successfully convinced the U.S. for halting such attacks.
He said though the number of drone strikes had reduced in recent years, however Pakistan was concerned over the two attacks in a year.
This is not only a violation of the understanding, but would also affect the Pak-U.S. relations, he said.
When asked if Pakistan would raise voice against drone attacks at international fora other than issuing a statement of condemnation, Sartaj said Pakistan would also highlight the issue in briefings to foreign envoys.
He said Pakistan would continue to pursue the objective in close consultation with Afghanistan Government and other members of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG).
On fate of QCG following the drone strike, he said it was premature to finalize about peace process at the moment and the situation would become clear after the collective consultation of QCG members.
He said Pakistan believed that effective border management was vital for checking the infiltrations across long and porous Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
To a question about lack of information about the cross-border movement of Mullah Mansour, he said the reason was the travelling of Taliban leader on fake identity.
He recalled that SOPs (Standing Operating Procedures) had been finalized with Afghanistan in 2012 on border management and termed as imperative the Afghan government's cooperation in this regard.
He also mentioned the presence of large number of Afghan refugees, which he said had become a "big security risk as the terrorists and militants use the camps as hideouts for their nefarious activities".
The Advisor said the international community needed to take effective measures on an urgent basis for the repatriation of Afghan refugees.
"Pakistan's desire for a lasting peace in Afghanistan is motivated by our conviction that peace and stability in Afghanistan is essential not only for the people of that country but also for the entire region," he said.