ISLAMABAD  - Criticising the weak stance of government on drone attacks in the tribal belt of Pakistan, two political parties ANP and JUI-F on Thursday said that talks between the United States (US) and Pakistan failed to resolve drone issue.

Both political parties viewed that Pakistan should have registered its protest strongly on drone issue with US Secretary of States John Kerry. “US is continuously violating our sovereignty with the drone strikes...Pakistan should have forced the US to change its strategy on drone attacks, “ said ANP’s Senator Zahid Malik, while talking to The Nation.

“It is evident from Kerry’s remarks that they would continue strikes in future, flaunting different pretext,” ANP leader said, adding that Pakistani government should have adopted clear stance and categorically convey to US to stop this violation.

To a question as why the previous government had not taken this step when ANP was its coalition partner, the ANP leader said that incumbent government had made tall claims with masses now they should bring change.

Adopting almost the same stance, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that US Secretary of State John Kerry talks in Pakistan had not reduced the gap on drones and Pak-Iran gas pipeline between Islamabad and Washington.

“Drones are counter-productive even to the goal of ending terrorism as it has helped spread the menace instead of reducing it. Fata situation is more complex than before mainly due to unilateral drone strike policy of the United States,” he added.

Maulana said that it is unfortunate that Pakistani’s previous rulers and their American counterparts had only seen Fata situation from tactical prism, as against the US pivot in Afghanistan where major thrust is on reconciliation.

“Unfortunately the US is very much keen to secure its own interest at global scale but the interest of a smaller country like Pakistan is floundered with impunity,” he added.

He urged Nawaz Sharif government that Islamabad may be left with only option of diplomatic surge on drone issue, including approaching the International Court of Justice if candid discussion with the US fails.

Referring to Afghan issue, the Maulana said that the US seemed only to engage the Taliban in Doha and were not prepared for meaningful talks, including setting conditions right by launching CBMs.

He also expressed dissatisfaction that internal Afghan reconciliation, another coin of the peace process, has not even kicked off. “The US has no creative ideas on the table to encourage and facilitate the relevant stakeholders in moving into that direction,” he added. He said that despite 2014 looming around, the US being a decisive heavyweight in Afghan imbroglio is not heavily invested in political transition.

He warned that the region may face catastrophic consequences if there is no unity of purpose backed by concrete steps.