Pakistan calls for halt to U.S. spy plane cross-border attack

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has urged, in his address to top NATO military generals, for a halt to U.S drone missile strikes within the Pakistani territory.

Kayani made the appeal while addressing the military committee of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in Brussels at the invitation of Admiral Giampaolo Di Paolo, Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, according to a statement issued by the Pakistani army Wednesday.

The statement came a few hours after a U.S. drone fired missiles in Pakistan's district of Bannu bordering Afghanistan, killing at least five people.

Pakistani officials said that the U.S. has fired some 20 missiles in the tribal region since August.

Kayani highlighted the need to reinforce Pakistan's effort and operate in a coordinated manner within respective national boundaries, the statement said.

"He urged a halt to unarmed combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) within Pakistan's territory," it said.

In his address, Kayani apprised the NATO military committee of the overall security situation in the region. He focused on Pakistan's perspective on the obtaining environment, operational issues and the way forward.

Kayani clearly spelt the need for security and stability in the region through a comprehensive approach.

Editor: Yan

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