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Friday, August 17, 2012
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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday redirected the federal government and the political agents of North and South Waziristan agencies to submit a complete record of the collateral damage to tribesmen in the US drone strikes to-date.

 

A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Roohul Amin Khan termed as incomplete the record presented to the court about the collateral damage to the tribal people in the US drone strikes in North Waziristan Agency.

 

North Waziristan’s Assistant Political Agent (APA) Zahiruddin Babar submitted the report. The bench asked the APA to submit detailed and comprehensive report, including killing of children, women and men in the US drone strikes. The bench also asked the lawyers of the petitioners to study different aspects of drone attacks, particularly the international laws and conventions and likely violations to enable the court to pass an appropriate order in the cases.

 

The bench asked the government to submit duly attested copies of the parliamentary resolution against drone strikes, defence committee minutes on the issue and the Pakistan government protests to the US Embassy against the strikes.

 

FM Sabir Advocate, the Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC), Foundation for Fundamental Rights and others had challenged the drone strikes in tribal areas. FM Sabir in his petition requested the court to direct the government to immediately check drone strikes as these were against the collective will of 180 million people of Pakistan.

 

The Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR) in its writ petitions on behalf of the victims of the drone strikes in North Waziristan had requested the court to direct the federal government to give permission to the Pakistan Air Force to shoot down drones flying in Pakistan’s territory.