ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday asked the United States to halt the drone attacks on tribal areas as a part of its review of Afghanistan and Pakistan policy that President Obama is expected to unveil today (Friday). "As we have been saying, these attacks are counterproductive and we hope that as a result of the policy review in Washington, we would have some positive outcome," said the Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit addressing his weekly press briefing. However, he said in case of no change in US policy on drone attacks after the review by Obama administration, Pakistan could explore other options. However, he did not divulge the options that could be opted. He was responding to a volley of questions on repeated drone attacks on tribal areas despite registration of strong protest by Pakistan after every such attack in the manhunt for al-Qaeda and Taliban militants. When asked whether the drone attacks were against the international opinion and breach of Pakistan's sovereignty, he said that the issue of sovereignty was involved but we should wait for the announcement of new US policy for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Basit said, "Pakistan has taken up the issue very forcefully with the United States and conveyed the sentiments of Pakistan Government and people to the US leadership, especially that these are counter productive." "Since Pakistan has been cooperating sincerely as an ally, the United States will understand its concerns and review its policy accordingly," he said. He also rejected as baseless some media reports that drone attacks were being carried out with tacit permission of Pakistan. "How a country can allow its sovereignty and territorial integrity to be breached?" he questioned. "The whole issue of campaign against terror needs to be reviewed and there is need for a comprehensive regional approach in order to resolve the issues involved. Instead of use of force there is need to win hearts and minds of people," he said. He said Pakistan believed that force had not worked in the past and would not work in future and therefore it was absolutely important that all stakeholders worked towards promoting development and reconciliation in Afghanistan. To a question, he said there was robust counter-terrorism cooperation among Pakistan, Afghanistan, United States and other countries. "Pakistan and Afghanistan are close neighbours and process of constructive multi-tier engagement including counter terrorism has been significantly enhanced," he said. He said, "Pakistan sincerely wishes to see a peaceful, stable, sovereign and united Afghanistan, which would be an anchor of peace for the entire region." Answering a question on the announcement of head money by US on Baitullah Mehsud and some other top al-Qaeda linked militants, Basit said Pakistan was against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and supported steps that help bring terrorists to justice. He also termed the media reports about involvement of US or any other foreign country in the security of Pakistani nuclear assets as conjectures. "Pakistan armed forces are fully capable of taking care of "our strategic assets and facilities and we do not need foreign assistance in this regard," he said. He stressed that the nuclear assets were completely safe and secure and under a fully indigenous multi-layered institutional security and command and control structure operational since 1998. He said that consistent with its obligations as a nuclear weapons State, Pakistan formally instituted an elaborate command and control mechanism in February 2000 comprising National Command Authority, Strategic Plans Division and Strategic Force Command. "The SPD has elaborate mechanism including counter intelligence network to safeguard the nuclear facilities," he said. To a question, the spokesman dismissed India's contention that the 17 militants killed during the five-day Kupwara (Indian Kashmir) encounter were assisted by Pakistani security forces. He said it was an attempt by New Delhi to "externalize" its problems. "There had been a spate of statements from India which are designed to portray Pakistan as the core of problems bedevilling India," he said. He said such remarks were evidently self-serving and tend to externalize India's problems as part of its election campaign. He said, "Pakistan wants good neighbourly relations with India and wishes to resume the process of engagement for all-round cooperation and the just and durable settlement of all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute." He said that Pakistan Indus Water Commissioner had written a letter to his Indian counterpart regarding Kishanganga project and the Ministry of Water and Power was working on the issue with a view to resuming the talks. He said the Indus Water Treaty provided dispute settlement mechanism and Pakistan could consider invoking the treaty. To another question on reported charges by Iranian authorities about Pakistani soil being used for terrorism in Iran, he said Pakistan and Iran had worked out a border control mechanism to deal with each other's concerns. In his opening statement earlier, Basit said the Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi had left for Moscow to attend the first conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on Afghanistan. He said the Conference would help address the pressing issues of terrorism, narcotics trafficking and trans-national organized crimes. He said the Foreign Minister would also fly to Hague to attend another conference on Afghanistan there on coming Tuesday.