ISLAMABAD- The National Assembly (NA) was informed on Tuesday that US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit Pakistan next week and Pakistan government will raise matter of drone strikes with him.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, responding to the first call-attention notice of the 14th National Assembly (NA), moved by PTI legislator Dr Shireen Mizari, said that Pakistan has expressed serious concerns with the US over drone strikes and it will continue to raise this issue at all fora.

“John Kerry is expected to visit Pakistan so matter regarding drone attacks will be raised with him,” said Sartaj, expressing hope that things would improve, as Pakistan should not adopt threat policy.

The Adviser to PM further said that Pakistan has adopted a clear policy on drone strikes, which are counterproductive in countering the menace of terrorism. Drone strikes are in contravention of sovereignty and national integrity, he added.

Giving reference, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had categorically demanded an end to the drone strikes and in this regard Pakistan has also registered strong protest in the month of June on it.

Sharing details on drone strikes in Pakistan, Sartaj Aziz said 115 drone attacks were conducted in 2010, 62 drone attacks in 2011 and 45 drone attacks were witnessed in 2012. About PML-N government, he said one drone strike was carried out since their government came in to power.

Raising a question, Dr Mazari expressed dissatisfaction saying that previous government had also registered protest but they proved fruitless and there was need of concrete measures.

On it, Sartaj said Pakistan will raise this issue at high levels with the US and hoped that it would succeed in bringing an end to these strikes.

In response to another question raised by PTI leader Amir Zaman, he repeated that expected high-level meeting in next month would prove fruitful in this regard.

To another call-attention notice about power outages in KPK and Punjab, Minister for Water and Power said that a comprehensive policy on loadshedding would soon be announced. He rushed to remark that there would be no claim or promise to end loadshedding in the policy, as efforts would be made to carry out scheduled loadshedding. Talking about line losses, he further said that they should be held responsible after six month on their performance on power outages.

The minister said that the government would reduce long-hours loadshedding to provide relief to masses. He said that loadshedding had decreased during the last few days due to increase in hydel generation and this situation would further improve in the next few days.