Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned the US drone strike that took place in Shawal area of Miranshah in North Waziristan.

Four unmanned aircraft hovered above a village in Shawal before one fired two missiles at a compound just before sunset, killing at least eight people and wounding three others.

"These unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Pakistan has repeatedly emphasized the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes." the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The ministry further said that the government has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations.

These drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region.

Attacks by unmanned American aircraft are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, but Washington views them as a vital tool in the fight against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in the lawless tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged a harder stance on the US regarding drone attacks though it is yet unclear how his administration would be able to force a termination of the programme.

The country has seen rising protests against the drone programme that has resulted into the killing of many innocent civilians, including women and children.