LONDON - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that drone strikes are against sovereignty of the country and he will raise the issue during his meeting with US President Barack Obama.

He was talking to media persons during his short stay in London en-route to the US on Saturday. Nawaz said drone attacks were not less than an assault on the independence of Pakistan, so they should be stopped at once. He added drone attacks were also creating hatred against the US among the countrymen.

The prime minister said that during his meeting with Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, he also kept the drone attack issue on the top agenda and also demanded the US to stop them.

He said during his upcoming meeting with the US president, vital issues, including drone strikes, stability of the region and position of Afghanistan after withdrawal of Nato forces, would come under discussion.

Nawaz said Pakistan was in favour of restoration of peace in Afghanistan, but did not support any group or party. Pakistan would, however, extend support to all those working for stability and peace.

He claimed the energy crisis was going to end soon and power tariff would also be decreased with increase in generation.

The prime minister said strict action was being taken against the elements involved in power theft, besides taking steps to discourage corrupt officials.

Karzai sought Pak help: Fazl

APP adds from Peshawar: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Saturday said Afghan President Hamid Karzai had sought Pakistan's cooperation in promoting reconciliation in his country.

The Maulana was talking to reporters at the residence of Sheikh-ul-Hadis Maulana Allowddin, where he had gone to brief the latter on the recent visit of a JUI-F delegation headed by him, to Afghanistan.

He said Maulana Allowddin was a close friend of his late father Mufti Mehmood and a national asset. Besides seeking his blessings, he discussed with him the country's situation.

Maulana Fazl said the enemies of Pakistan were not happy over, what he called, his successful visit to Afghanistan. He claimed to have succeeded in bridging the gap between the two countries.

He said President Karzai had assured him to release all Pakistani prisoners languishing in his country's jails. He claimed that Karzai was interested in sharing power with Taliban after the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country.

He said with sincerity, dedication and commitment, durable solution of long pending issues could be achieved through dialogue.

Maulana Allowddin thanked JUI chief for visiting him and prayed for the prosperity, sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Representatives to United Nations in New York, Masood Khan on Saturday said that Pakistan had held support of the international community on the matter of drone attacks.

He said that drone attacks were clear violation of the international laws and against the sovereignty of Pakistan.

He said that visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the United States would help resolve the issues, including the drone attacks.

Talking to Pakistan Television, he said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had clearly stated about the bad effects of the drone attacks at the forum of General Assembly.

Replying to a question, he said that Pakistan holds support of the international community regarding harmful effects of the drone attacks in our region.

He said the reports of the High Commissioner of Human Rights had also revealed the bitter effects of drone attacks.

He said that many children and women had lost their lives due to the drone attacks.