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Pakistan expresses shock, sorrow over US drone strike deaths of American, Italian hostage

  • In this May 28, 2011 photo provided by Margherita Romanelli and made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, left, works in Multan, Pakistan. The Italian government on Thursday deplored the death of an Italian aid worker in a U.S. air strike, calling it a "fatal error" by the Americans. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi expressed his "profound pain" over Giovanni Lo Porto's death and offered Italy's condolences to Lo Porto's family and that of American Warren Weinstein, who was killed in the same airstrike on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both were held hostage by al-Qaida. (Andrea Parisi/Courtesy of Margherita Romanelli via AP)

    In this May 28, 2011 photo provided by Margherita Romanelli and made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, left, works in Multan, Pakistan. The Italian government on Thursday deplored the death of an Italian aid worker in a U.S. air strike, calling it a "fatal error" by the Americans. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi expressed his "profound pain" over Giovanni Lo Porto's death and offered Italy's condolences to Lo Porto's family and that of American Warren Weinstein, who was killed in the same airstrike on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both were held hostage by al-Qaida. (Andrea Parisi/Courtesy of Margherita Romanelli via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A cameraman photographs flowers and ribbon on a tree outside Weinstein family house in Rockville, Md., Thursday, April 23, 2015. Earlier, President Barack Obama took full responsibility for the counterterror missions and offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the hostages, Warren Weinstein of Rockville, Maryland, and Giovanni Lo Porto who were inadvertently killed by CIA drone strikes early this year. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    A cameraman photographs flowers and ribbon on a tree outside Weinstein family house in Rockville, Md., Thursday, April 23, 2015. Earlier, President Barack Obama took full responsibility for the counterterror missions and offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the hostages, Warren Weinstein of Rockville, Maryland, and Giovanni Lo Porto who were inadvertently killed by CIA drone strikes early this year. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistan has expressed "shock and sorrow" over the inadvertent deaths of an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida in a U.S. drone strike in January near the Afghan border.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended Pakistan's condolences in a statement Friday, saying the deaths of hostages Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto underline the "risk and unintended consequences of the use of this technology that Pakistan has been highlighting for a long time."

The ministry says Pakistan has "lost thousands of its citizens in the war on terror and it can fully understand this tragic loss and stands with the families of the two victims."

Pakistan is an ally of the United States in the war against terrorism but opposes the use of drones, saying it's counterproductive.