Drone Attacks And The Sovereignty Of Pakistan
1. Start of the Attacks
On a hot day in June 2004, the first drone attack had been held. It was a time of musharf’s dictatorship. It was attacked at South Waziristan on Mr.Muhammad. After the attack a Pakistani military spokesman was quickly claim the responsibility of the attacked, saying that Pakistani forces had fired at the compound… That was a lie.
Actually it was attacked by C.I.A (which is an American Central intelligence Agency).this strike was begun during the George W.Bush administration. From here till now, in Obama’s administration C.I.A. has conducted hundreds of drone strikes and kills thousands of people, Pakistanis and Arabs, Militants and Civilians alike. 2. Statistics of drone attacks.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates the following cumulative statistics about US drone strikes: (As of July 2013)
Total strikes: 370
Total reported killed: 2,548 - 3,549
Civilians reported killed: 411 - 890
Children reported killed: 168 - 197
Total reported injured: 1,177 - 1,480
Strikes under the Bush Administration: 52
Strikes under the Obama Administration: 318
3. Governments Of Pakistan And The drone Attacks
These strikes was started in Musharaf’s dictatorship, who requested a drone attack in Waziristan and sign off a secret deal with U.S.A. in which he allows future attacks. In an interview in Islamabad he insisted Pakistan’s government signed off on strikes “ Only a few occasions, when a target was absolutely isolated and no chance of collateral damage.”
After musharaf next civilian government had protested the drone attacks. Ex former minister of interior Rehman Malik said; “Today, the world super power has its own way, without any consent from Pakistan.” However, There was another story behind the scenes. Pakistan has allegedly allowed the drones to operate from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan until April 2011.according to secret diplomatic cables, Pakistan ‘s Retired Army Chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani not only tacitly agreed to the drone flights, but in 2008 requested that Americans increase them. These strikes were halted in NOV, 2011 after NATO forces killed 24 Pakistani soliders in the Salala incident. Shamsi Airfield was evacuated of Americans and takes over Pakistanis DEC, 2011. The incident prompted an approximately two months stop to the strikes, which resumed on 10, Jan, 2012. After this civilian government the next government ( the current government ) has also protested the strikes. Current prime minister Main Nawaz shareef has apparently asked America to stop the strikes…Ch. Nisar has protested against it but only God knows the actual story… In march 2013, Ben Emmerson, the united national special reporteur led a U.N team that looked into civilian casualties from the U.S drone attacks, and stated that the attacks are a violation of the sovereignty of Pakistan. Emmerson said government officials from the country clearly stated Pakistan does not agree to drone attacks, which is contradicted by U.S. officials. In Oct, 2013, amnesty international brought out a detailed study of the impact of the strikes that strongly condemned the strikes. The report stated that the number of arbitrary civilian death the tacitics used and the violation of Pakistan sovereignty meant that the strikes could be considered WAR CRIMES. In may, 2013 a Pakistani court ruled that CIA drone attacks in Pakistan were illegal. A Peshawar high court judge said that the Pakistani government must end drone strikes using force if needed.. In NOV, 2013 the US killed Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone...
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