ISLAMABAD - Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday asked the United States to permanently halt drone attacks in Pakistan in order to ‘remove a serious irritant’ in US- Pakistan relationship.

“Sovereignty and self-respect are the corner stones of Pakistan’s relationships with other countries. The United States should halt drone attacks in Pakistan permanently in order to remove a serious irritant in our relationship,” the minister said.

Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan expressed these views while meeting with a US delegation led by US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Daniel Feldman led the delegation. US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson was also part of the delegation.

Chaudhry Nisar said that the six months break in US drone attacks in Pakistan improved the relationship between the two countries and it was appreciated by all segments of the society. “US and Pakistan are building and maintaining cordial relationship during difficult times. We should concentrate on the positives of our relationships and differences should be addressed,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior said while quoting the minister. It is very important that United States understands Pakistan s’ point of view, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan further said.

Both the countries have a history of relationship based on shared values. The history of the strong ties dates back to 1950’s. An increased interaction amongst the people of both countries is the need of the hour and greater exchange of parliamentary delegations will contribute towards that, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan added. US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Daniel Feldman on the occasion said that US recognises and appreciates the sacrifices of Pakistan during war on terror. “United States appreciates Pakistan for making relationships more constructive and positive. There is much better understanding between the two countries at present. United States supports democratic institutions in Pakistan. People to people contacts between the two countries will be promoted. Both the countries will continue cooperation in variety of fields,” the US Special Representative further said.