Pakistan said Saturday it would never allow any expansion in the campaign of drone strikes by the United States on its territory. The Washington Post reported Friday that the US was seeking to expand the areas inside Pakistan where Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) unmanned aircraft used for surveillance and to launch missile strikes could operate. As for the reported suggestion by the US to carry out drone attacks beyond our tribal areas, Pakistans position is very clear we would never allow this to happen, foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told media. We already have issues with American drone strikes, which are known to Washington, Basit said. These strikes violate our sovereignty, cause collateral damage and above all are producing (a) drone-hardened generation. Pakistan has repeatedly said there is no justification for the drone strikes, describing them as counter-productive and a violation of the countrys sovereignty. More than 240 people have been killed in 45 strikes since September 3, angering the government, which is facing criticism for acquiescing to the attacks and reprisals from militant groups based in the area. The US considers Pakistans tribal belt an al Qaeda headquarters, and has reportedly criticised Pakistans failure so far to launch a major ground offensive in the tribal region of North Waziristan.