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Mr. Sharif and his Cabinet will be sworn in June 5.

As leader of the opposition and later as a candidate in the May 11 parliamentary elections, Mr. Sharif said the drones violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and demanded an immediate end to strikes inside his country.

Since his electoral victory, Mr. Sharif has said he would be willing to discuss this issue with U.S. officials.

“The drone war is far from over,” said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who heads the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution. “Sharif wants to talk to the [Pakistan Taliban], not use drones. As usual, Pakistan and America seem to be on different pages.”

Pakistan’s caretaker government Wednesday expressed “serious concerns” over the U.S. drone attack.

“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 Pakistani Foreign Ministry said.

The Pakistan Taliban, who are led by Hakimullah Mehsud, are on a State Department terrorism blacklist. Al Qaeda relies on the group for safe haven in the tribal Pashtun areas along the Afghan-Pakistan border.