ISLAMABAD - Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, Tuesday raised the issue of drone attacks and reiterated the call to the US to review its policy which has a negative impact on the government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region.

Talking to the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), Ambassador James F Dobbins, who called on him at his office, the adviser underlined the need for early convening of US-Pakistan Working Groups on Law Enforcement and Counter-terrorism and Economy and Finance before the next round of ministerial-level Strategic Dialogue expected in March 2014.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed Pakistan-US bilateral relations and regional issues of common interest. Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani was also present. Dobbins was accompanied by US Ambassador Richard Olson.

In the context of Afghanistan, developments relating to the Afghan peace and reconciliation process and matters pertaining to 2014 and beyond were discussed. The importance of accelerated progress in the Afghan reconciliation process was emphasised.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government is facingimmense pressure from the religious parties and PakistanTehreek-e-Insaaf on the issue of drone attacks in the country’s tribal  areas in which scores of people have lost their lives.