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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military yesterday rejected a report published in a US newspaper on recent drone strikes in northwestern Pakistan, calling it a ‘distortion of facts’ and an attempt to weaken the country’s stance against drone strikes.
A spokesman for the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said: “Such an accusation is a distortion of the facts and seems to be aimed at diluting Pakistan’s stance on drone strikes.”
According to reports, the first strike on Febraury 6 targeted a suspected compound in North Waziristan, killing three unidentified people.
The second strike on February 8 carried out on the border of the North and South Waziristan tribal regions targeted a compound owned by a local Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander.
Officials said the Febrary 8 attack killed eight militants, including two Al Qaeda men. The rest, sources said, were local TTP fighters.
However, the report published by the New York Times quoted unnamed US intelligence officials as denying the US carried out the attacks and instead accused Pakistani forces of carrying out the strikes.