Nine people were killed in US missile strike on a Taliban-linked school in north-west Pakistan today.
The attack came hours after the country’s parliament warned against “incursions” on Pakistani soil and also called for reviewing the national security strategy and making dialogue with militants the highest priority.
Pakistan is also in the midst of an economic crisis brought on by high fuel prices, dwindling foreign investment, soaring inflation and militant violence.
Yesterday the government formally requested financial help from the International Monetary Fund to avoid a possible meltdown, a decision that could cost the government political support.
The missiles hit the religious school on the outskirts of Miran Shah, the main town in the militant-infested North Waziristan region.
The religious school belonged to a local pro-Taliban cleric who has been linked to veteran Taliban commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, considered a top enemy of the West.
Militants in the north-west are blamed for rising attacks on US and Nato forces in neighbouring Afghanistan as well as growing suicide attacks within Pakistan.
Meanwhile a roadside bomb killed three coalition members in western Afghanistan, while 18 Taliban fighters died in clashes elsewhere in the country.
And in the southern Kandahar province a bomb on a donkey hit a police vehicle patrolling west of the provincial capital, killing an officer and wounding two other people.