United States rejects Pakistan's drone strike claim

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The military on Thursday called for early repatriation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, claiming Wednesday's drone strike targeted a terrorist residing in a refugee camp in Kurram Agency.

In a statement that was published by Geo TV, the Foreign Office said, "Pakistan has continued to emphasise to the United States the importance of sharing actionable intelligence so that appropriate action is taken against terrorists by our forces within our territory".

Drone strikes are highly unpopular in Pakistani public as they kill militants and innocent people including women and kids indiscriminately.

"Pakistan has continued to emphasise to the USA the importance of sharing actionable intelligence so that appropriate action is taken against terrorists by our forces within our territory", the FO said.

"Two militants from Haqqani network were killed in the drone attack", the intelligence official based in the area said.

On January 17, in the first drone strike of the year, one man was severely injured in Kurram Agency's Badshah Kot area near the Pak-Afghan border. "Afghan refugees, including 1.2 million unregistered, are hard to trace". Haqqani Network commander Nasir Mehmood alias Ihsanullah Khurya and two others were killed, news reports said.

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It added that "Pakistan's brotherly hospitality to peaceful Afghan refugees must not be exploited by the terrorists".

"Out of total 54 Afghan Refugees Camps/complexes in Pakistan, 43 are in KP with overlap in FATA", said a press release shared by the ISPR.

A Pakistani tribesman inspects the site of a drone strike in Mamuzai in the Kurram tribal district.

The pilotless U.S. spy aircraft fired two missiles on a house in Speen Thal Dapa Mamozai area in Orazkai agency that lies close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Dawn online reported.

Earlier in January, President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of providing a safe haven for terrorists, saying that the USA had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but "lies & deceit".

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