Imran Khan calls for compensation to drone victims

Published: December 10, 2015
Imran Khan addresses public rally in Sialkot on November 30, 2015. PHOTO: PPI

Imran Khan addresses public rally in Sialkot on November 30, 2015. PHOTO: PPI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan Thursday said that he would seek compensation for victims of a controversial US drone strike programme, vowing to take their cases to parliament and the courts.

Imran, whose PTI party opposes drone attacks, was speaking at the launch of a report demanding compensation for drone victims, organised by the independent Foundation for Fundamental Rights and international legal aid charity Reprieve.

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Drone attacks are meant to target militants but are controversial among rights groups because of the high reported numbers of civilian casualties and lack of transparency over targets.

Islamabad officially opposes US strikes in its territory, calling them a violation of its sovereignty, though leaked documents in the past have shown the two countries worked together on the campaign.

“PTI will raise this issue in parliament and also go to court to get compensation for the drone victims,” Khan said.

Afghanistan’s government gets compensation for the families of civilians killed in strikes, he said — but Islamabad neither receives any from the US government and nor has any been offered to a single victim.

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Clive Stafford Smith, the director of Reprieve, said that the US does not acknowledge the innocent civilians it has killed in drone strikes.

“This report reflects in stark terms the fact that we value Pakistani life at zero, a situation that is offensive and simply cannot continue. I therefore, call upon my own government to compensate those innocent people caught in America’s cross-fire,” he said.

Fahim Qureshi, 18, whose entire family was killed in a drone strike in 2009 in northwest Pakistan that left him critically wounded, said he still did not know why they had been targeted.

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“There is a question in my heart, why did it happen to us? What did we do?” he said, adding that they had no links with militants.

According to the independent Britain-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, since 2004 the CIA has carried out 421 drone strikes in northwestern Pakistan killing up to 3,989 people, as many as 965 of whom were civilians, including dozens of children.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • TP
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:51PM

    Why doesn’t the army shoot them down?Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Dec 10, 2015 - 7:55PM

    If you wish to work solid for FATA make their own province or join them with KPK!Recommend

  • Ali Rizvi
    Dec 10, 2015 - 8:01PM

    He needs a new drama everyday. All talk no work. He is going to lose KPK too, in the next elections.Recommend

  • curious2
    Dec 10, 2015 - 8:20PM

    When you lose elections and old issues like election fraud run out of steam – go back to the old standby and blame the USA.
    I wonder how many people died or were injured as a result of IK’s continued support of the Taliban? How many suffered because Pakistan military couldn’t get political backing for a major offensive in the Waziristan’s? Maybe those victims should ask IK for compensation?Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Dec 10, 2015 - 8:21PM

    In the same news, Imran Niazi should compensate Islamabad merchants for holding a useless and worthless dharna for over 3 months. Him and his fellow Taliban supporters are pathetic. Recommend

  • Naeem
    Dec 10, 2015 - 8:24PM

    Lets label him “Taliban Khan”? Shall we? IK Unfortunately people don’t understand your true version of Liberalism.. Recommend

  • Jimmy
    Dec 10, 2015 - 9:47PM

    Hi Fellows,

    I don’t understand whats wrong in it. Just keep apart personal likes and dislikes. This is a geniune issue as I think so far.Recommend

  • MJ
    Dec 10, 2015 - 10:16PM

    After disappointing results in the local body elections the “fearless leader” is back to the basics, win people’s sympathies with drone politics.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Dec 10, 2015 - 11:35PM

    “Baby” Bilawal rightly called him Buzdil Khan. Mr. Imran Khan Niazi should learn some courage from babies.Recommend

  • Dec 11, 2015 - 12:08AM

    There is no compensation of death. Please note it down.Recommend

  • raider
    Dec 11, 2015 - 12:31AM

    how timid and repulsive you would have been, person calling for sovereignty of state and ask for compensation of innocent citizens killed during attacks is being opposed just in hate and fear.Recommend

  • raider
    Dec 11, 2015 - 12:35AM

    @Ali Rizvi:
    what type of work, is he pm or cm, heading party in coalition govt, exerting to reform system in KPRecommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Dec 11, 2015 - 12:49AM

    Let’s do a container dharna in DC this time!
    Help me to get a US visa, I will join you there. After the dharna is over I will ask for “political asylum” there and will give you, lakh lakh shukriya!Recommend

  • MJ
    Dec 11, 2015 - 1:21AM

    @Naeem, Does even Imran understand what liberalism is when he agrees to keep women voters out as he did in the past?Recommend

  • sabi
    Dec 11, 2015 - 2:06AM

    This man is a shameless man.No difference between him and cleric of lal Masjid both are working for third force.They will get natural justice.Recommend

  • lalai
    Dec 11, 2015 - 2:13AM

    He is running completely out of steam. Raising a dead issue will terminate his politics shortly. What a pity.Recommend

  • sabi
    Dec 11, 2015 - 2:18AM

    So the losers,ex servicemen, are planing another assault on Pakistan with trio- dharna Khan,cleric from lal masjid and Canadian cleric.Attention NS.Recommend

  • sabi
    Dec 11, 2015 - 2:21AM

    One drone for him is the best compensation.Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Dec 11, 2015 - 2:54AM

    Yes condemn US drones but never condemn Taliban drones, he`s no doubt very fearless. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 11, 2015 - 4:21AM

    Imran Khan is not complaining about Baluchis, Urdu Speakers and Sindhis who have died in suspicious circumstances in custody. Its obvious that Imran Khan is not worried about lives of Pakistanis instead he has a very selective agenda which is coming from somewhere to get more aid from US by pressurising US. How come Imran Khan suddenly remembered the drones after such a long time? Seem someone has pressed the right buttons. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 11, 2015 - 4:31AM


    Lets label him “Taliban Khan”? Shall we? IK Unfortunately people don’t understand your true version of Liberalism..

    Where is his liberalism for Baluchis who are getting mutilated bodies every day?Recommend

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