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- Friday, October 26, 2012 - From Print Edition


MIRANSHAH/PESHAWAR: The tribesmen on Thursday condemned the United States drone attack in North Waziristan that killed a local woman and injured six children on Wednesday.


The drone had fired two missiles and targetted a woman, wife of retired school principal Dareshmeen Jan, and his six grandchildren.


The woman was plucking ladyfingers from a nearby field along with her grandchildren at Ghundi village in Tappi area, 13 kilometers east of Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan. She had died on the spot while her six grandchildren were injured.


The family members and relatives immediately went there and rescued the injured children. They didn’t know that the old woman was also there in the field. It was almost an hour later when they found her mutilated body from a nearby field.


The injured children were identified as 18-year old Kaleemur Rahman son of Siddiqur Rahman, Shahidur Rahman, 12, son of Rasool Badshah, a student of 7th class, Zubair Khan, 11, son of Rafiqur Rahman, 6th class, Samad Rahman, 9, son of Siddiqur Rahman, 5th class, and two girls, a four-year old Asma daughter of Rafiur Rahman and five-year old Saira daughter of Atiqur Rahman.


All the children were admitted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Miranshah while Kaleemur Rahman was shifted to Peshawar.


He was first taken to the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar but was later shifted to a private medical where a doctor treated her broken leg.


Talking to The News, Naheedullah, nephew of a retired school principal Dareshmeen Jan, said Kaleem was in stable condition after undergoing the surgery.


He said all the kids were the grandchildren of Dareshmeen Jan, and were helping their grandmother in the field when they came under the drone attack.


“Some of them children were sons of his sons while others were his daughters’ sons. The daughters’ sons came to the house and later went to the nearby field with cousins when hit by the drone,” Naheedullah Khan, an electrician by profession, recalled.


He said there was no truth to the report that the drone targetted a vehicle or a house, saying the house of his uncle was situated at a distance of other houses in the village and then there was no road on which the car could travel.


“Had his house been located near other houses, there was a possibility that the drone might have targetted them by mistake but our aunt and her grandchildren were working in the field, away from the village when they were hit,” he argued.


Before his retirement eight years ago, Dareshmeen Jan had served as principal of the Government High School Miranshah.


The tribal elders on Thursday held a press conference at the Miranshah Press Club and condemned the killing of innocent people.


They said those claiming that terrorists were being targetted in drone strikes should come to Miranshah and see the injured children in the hospital or meet the injured admitted to a hospital in Peshawar.