Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif, who is set to become Prime Minister of Pakistan, on Friday, expressed strong reservations over US drone attacks inside Pakistani territory. The drone strikes are not only violation of Pakistan's sovereignty but also against international laws and UN charter, reported a news agency citing Sharif, the chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), in a statement.

The concern was conveyed to the US Charge d'affaires in Islamabad, said a spokesperson for Sharif. The statement came a day after the Pakistani Taliban withdrew ceasefire offer as an unmanned drone killed Waliur Rehman, a Taliban leader, in North Waziristan tribal region near Afghan border.

Taliban had offered peace talks to the new government, raising hopes for an end to the ongoing Taliban insurgency. But the US drone strike has now diminished the chance of dialogue.

Rehman was believed to be a strong supporter of peace talks, according to Taliban leaders. Earlier on Friday, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, a senior PML-N leader, said Sharif should devise a policy on the US drone attacks which are in the violation of the country's national sovereignty.

All stakeholders would be taken into confidence before announcing the policy on drone attacks, he added.

Earlier, PML-N nominated its chief Nawaz Sharif for the post of Prime Minister after the party won the general elections. However, no date has been fixed for the first session of the National Assembly which will elect the Prime Minister.

(Agencies)

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