Days after a US missile strike reportedly killed 20 in Pakistan’s northwest, Islamabad’s Foreign Ministry warned that such attacks are counter-productive. “We want them to realize that these attacks are destabilizing the situation, and they are not helping them or Pakistan,” foreign ministry spokesman Mohammed Sadiq told the AP. “They are helping the terrorists.” The comments came as a suicide bomber in an explosives-laden pickup truck attacked an an outdoor meeting where tribal elders were discussing plans to move against a Taliban militant base that had been established in the area, in the Orakzai tribal agency. The blast left some 40 dead. (AP, NYT, Oct. 11)
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