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PHC seeks report on losses of drone strikes in FATA

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Peshawar High Court. - File Photo

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday sought a detailed report from the government regarding losses occurred due to drone strikes in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and adjourned the case till August 19.

A divisional bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Rohul Amin Khan passed these orders on a writ petition filed by FM Sabir advocate, Difa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC) and Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR) against the drone attacks inside FATA and the killing of innocent people.

Additional Political Agent, North Waziristan Agency, Zaheeruddin Khan presented report regarding losses incurred due to drone attacks in FATA till 2008.

Terming the report incomplete, the chief justice observed that it lacked information regarding the age of the deceased and financial losses.

The court after hearing arguments and facts in the report adjourned the case till August 19 with direction to political administration to present detail report in this regard.

In last hearing, the Peshawar High Court had directed the federal government and the political agents of North and South Waziristan agencies to provide details of the US drone strikes in their respective areas, including the number of such attacks, names and number of persons killed by them and other collateral damage.

The court had also directed the federal government to provide attested copies of the resolution passed by the parliament and the minutes of the cabinet's defence committee on drone attacks.

It also directed deputy attorney general (DAG) Mohammad Iqbal Mohmand to provide details of the protests lodged by the Foreign Office to the US government against these strikes and the follow-up to them.

The court was earlier informed by the government that there was no verbal or written agreement between Pakistan and the US allowing drone attacks here and therefore, these attacks were in violation of the country's sovereignty.


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