Pakistan orders case against CIA for drone deaths

Pakistan court orders case against formed CIA station chief for civilian deaths caused by drone strikes

Pakistan orders case against CIA for drone deaths

World Bulletin / News Desk 

A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered the registration of a murder case against a former CIA station chief for his alleged role in the killings of civilians in drone strikes.

The Islamabad High Court issued the order in response to a petition filed by anti-drone activist Karim Khan, whose teenage son and brother were killed in a U.S. drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal area.

Last June the court had ordered a case against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks, who left Islamabad in 2004, but police did not comply after government requests.

Dismissing government claims that a case would affect ties with the U.S., the court renewed the order and requested police lodge a case within 24 hours.

Drone strikes have long been a bone of contention between Washington and Islamabad, however many believe the two sides have a tacit agreement regarding the operations.

According to human rights groups, 70 percent of people killed in more than 3,000 drone strikes since 2004 have been civilians.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Nisan 2015, 12:09