Pakistan PM Sharif sworn in, calls for end to drone strikes

By REUTERS
June 5, 2013 15:01

 
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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, formally elected by parliament on Wednesday, again called for an end to US drone strikes aimed at militants which many view as a breach of Pakistan's sovereignty.

Ousted in a bloodless military coup in 1999, Sharif won enough seats in the May 11 general elections for his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party to operate without a coalition.

His government faces a range of challenges including increased militancy, sectarian violence, chronic power shortages, a near-collapsed economy, strained relations with key ally Washington and the task of building ties with arch rival India.

"This daily business of drones has to stop immediately," he told parliament. "Other countries must respect our sovereignty and address our concerns."

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