The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the drone strike Wednesday but made no mention of Rehman in their brief statement.
‘‘The Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that the drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives, have human rights and humanitarian implications and violate the principles of national sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law,’’ the ministry said.
Senior civilian and military officials are known to have supported some of the attacks in the past, but many say that is no longer the case.
Pakistan has been hit by 355 such attacks since 2004, according to the New America Foundation, a US-based think tank. The figure does not include Wednesday’s strike. Up to 3,336 people have died in the strikes, according to the think tank.
Obama’s speech last Thursday was his most extensive comments to date about the secretive drone program, which has come under increased criticism for its lack of accountability.
The president cast drone strikes against Islamic militants as crucial to US counterterrorism efforts but acknowledged that they are not a ‘‘cure-all.’’ The president also said he is deeply troubled by civilians unintentionally killed in the strikes and announced more restrictive rules governing the attacks — measures that his advisers said would effectively limit drone use in the future.
White House spokesman Carney said the new standards do not mean the administration would discuss details of every counterterrorism operation.
Shahzad reported from Islamabad. Associated Press reporter Rebecca Santana in Islamabad also contributed to this report.