PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday declared the CIA-led drone strikes on Pakistani territory illegal and ordered the government to compensate the victims of drone attacks.

The PHC chief justice Dost Mohammad said drone attacks must equal to a war crimes.

He added that the attacks were violating human rights and were against the United Nations’ charter.

In its detailed judgment, the court directed the government to take measures to stop drone strikes which it said were violating Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Chief Justice announcing his decision over a petition submitted by Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) lawyer S M Zafar and ordered the Interior Ministry to file a resolution with the United Nation's Human Rights Commission adding that in case the resolution was vetoed by the United States then ties with the US be severed.

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