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February 14, 2013

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Drones claimed 894 lives in NWA, PHC told

Drones claimed 894 lives in NWA, PHC told
PESHAWAR: Around 894 persons, including 48 foreigners, 35 women and 24 children, were killed in the US drone attacks in North Waziristan during the last five years.

The political agent of North Waziristan on Wednesday submitted complete report of casualties caused by the drone attacks from 2008 to 2012 to the Peshawar High Court (PHC) through Deputy Attorney General M Iqbal Mohmand.

At the previous hearing, the court had sought detailed report from the government about the losses caused due to drone strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). According to the report, the US drones conducted 147 attacks on various locations in North Waziristan from 2008 to 2012.

It said 211 people, including women and children, were also injured in the drone hits. However, the political authorities did not mention in the report the damage to the properties.A division bench comprising PHC CJ Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth termed the report incomplete and directed the political agent to submit details about the losses caused to the properties owned by the tribesmen.



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