By Rebecca Shabad - 09/27/13 05:02 PM EDT
“It results in casualties of innocent civilians and is detrimental to our resolve and efforts to eliminate extremism and terrorism from Pakistan. I have urged the United States to cease these strikes, so that we could avert further casualties and suffering,” Sharif told the United Nations General Assembly.
As recently as last Sunday, the U.S. has continued to launch drone strikes in Pakistan in an effort to eliminate terror groups based there. In that instance, seven people were killed in Northern Waziristan, according to Pakistani media reports.
In early September, the senior militant commander of the Haqqani Network, Sangeen Zadran, was killed for his alleged involvement in kidnapping an American.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said after that attack the strike “set dangerous precedents” in U.S.-Pakistan relations.
"The visit will highlight the importance and resilience of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship and provide an opportunity for us to strengthen cooperation on issues of mutual concern, such as energy, trade and economic development, regional stability, and countering violent extremism,” announcement said.
U.S. drone strikes have reportedly dropped in recent months, and the program could be shuttered soon. Secretary of State John Kerry made that suggestion when he visited Pakistan in August.
“The program will end as we have eliminated most of the
threat and continue to eliminate it,” Kerry said in an interview with
Pakistan TV at the time. “I think the president has a very real time line, and
we hope it’s going to be very, very soon.”