Drone attack: ‘Victims’ families to get Rs0.3m each’

Published: March 26, 2011
Civilians and police were among those killed when missiles hit a compound in Datta Khel on March 17. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Civilians and police were among those killed when missiles hit a compound in Datta Khel on March 17. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MIRANSHAH: The government will pay compensation to the families of 39 people who died in a US drone strike last week, an official said on Saturday.

Civilians and police were among those killed when missiles hit a compound in Datta Khel in North Waziristan on March 17. In protest, Pakistan refused to participate in a trilateral meeting with US and Afghan officials and belligerent condemnation came from the prime minister and the army chief.

Tribal administration official Asghar Khan said that a compensation package was ready for the victims’ families. “Each of the families will be paid Rs300,000, while Rs100,000 will be paid to each of the six injured,” Khan said, adding that payments would commence from Monday.

Compensation is paid to police and civilians who are killed in bomb blasts or terror attacks but this is the first time that compensation has been announced to US drone attack victims even though hundreds have reportedly died in the attacks that increased steeply when US President Barack Obama took office.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 27th, 2011.

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  • Mar 26, 2011 - 7:16PM

    Paki. state has started a new business. Get Aid from US, minus govt share, minus military share, minus corruption at all levels, what else remained Pay it as either Compensation or Blood-Money… wow (win-win situation)Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 7:35PM

    None of the victims from any disaster or mishap that i’m aware of have ever received any sort of compensation from the government.

    I’m not saying that the government has never gave out money to the victims but only to those victims that i have come across. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 26, 2011 - 8:18PM

    Fascinating. One day you read the drone attack mistakenly targets a peace jirga killing nothing but civilians – another day you read that the civilians were actually Taliban who are permitted to attack NATO but have made a side deal were they will not attack Pakistan – another day you read the some of the casualties were high level bad guys – now this article says that there were 12 bad guys included with the civilians. Pakistan reporters never seem to ask why innocent civilians are hanging out with 12 bad guys?Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 26, 2011 - 9:50PM

    Wow!!! so the pak govt is accepting responsibility for these drone attacks??
    Perhaps Uncle Sam has already paid in advance for collateral damage during its little games in north waziristan!!!!!
    Some Soverign Nation!! More like some Banana Republic!!!! Recommend

  • andrea
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:41PM

    @Imran: You really can’t understand the tough situation Pakistan is in vis a vis Drone Attacks? All Pakistanis want them to stop but at the same time we want to support the eradication of those criminals and foreigners who are hiding. The nation is still pressing for our own Drone technology to conduct these missions ourselves. Yes we wish to exert our own sovereignty and do what needs to be done on our own but how to do this when our senior partner the US dictates things to Pakistan? The best we can do is compromise until our arguments are finally accepted. Sometimes you can’t be anything other than practical. Our civilians are being caught in the cross fire but at least the Pakistani government is trying to help them. When Musharraf’s dictatorship first allowed Drone Attacks and tried to fool the public that Pakistani planes were conducting the missions, no one believed him but for the last few years, there is little that Pakistan can do but voice objections to the infringement on our sovereignty.Recommend

  • Muhammad Tariq Ghouri
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:46PM

    Should Pakistan compensate or USA? and some one should ask from victims family that what is the price of their love one’s lives…? Recommend

  • ahmed
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:45PM

    what if some bad guy is having lunch in the same restaurant as you and both of you get blown up by a drone attack. show some humanity and compassion for ones injured or dead. you are have no right to play judge jury and execution all together Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 27, 2011 - 1:07AM

    I wonder whether the Pakistan govt is going to compensate the families of the Afghan and Nato troops that suffer from allowing Taliban safe haven in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 27, 2011 - 1:08AM

    You state,
    The nation is still pressing for our own Drone technology to conduct these missions ourselves.

    What technology are you refering to? Everything pakistan has is imported technology, In Defence its all either american or chinese, with little bit of north korean!!
    In any other field its either japanese or european, there is no such thing as pakistani technology!! period.
    Your sovereignty and honour are both illusions that were compromised decades back, its existence in todays form is only to please the masses every now and then, and it has always had a price like some common commodity in the market place !!!! Need any recent examples ??? Try certain Raymond Davis.
    P.S. Do you really think Americans are so stupid as to trust Pak Army with their drones?
    They know that The army also likes to sleep with the enemy when it suits them!! So no chance of getting this technology!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Wollstonecraft
    Mar 27, 2011 - 1:21AM

    $3,253.32! How pathetic is that? Why not just give them a 50″ LCD TV instead. I work in the insurance industry and know that accidental death (e.g. fatal motorcar accident) results in compensation exceeding $400,000 to $600,000 which is over PKR 51,000,000. Come on guys be a bit more generous and cough up PKR 5,000,000 each. The Pakis have got to be worth at least 10% of Americans and not less than 1%.Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Mar 27, 2011 - 1:45AM

    Let us get to the point: how many killed in drone strikes versus how many killed in domestic acts of terrorism.

    Some numbers here.Recommend

  • Live & let us live.
    Mar 27, 2011 - 1:48PM

    o.3M lolz
    nice way to write 3lacs.Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    Mar 27, 2011 - 2:57PM

    100% sure the Americans among the billions provided to the Pak military include amounts for victims compensation; but as is always the case, the onus is on the Pak military to use these funds appropriately.

    The reason they only give 3 lakh rupees (~$3500) is because that amount won’t eat into the new car, new house, kids in foreign universities budgets of the senior officers!Recommend

  • Jeddy
    Mar 27, 2011 - 2:58PM

    How much does a single a drone cost? What is its operating cost in terms of fuel, maintenance? What is its storage cost? How much do the missiles placed on it cost? Add all and multiply by that a hundred thousand you will get the the cost how damage in terms of human life is.Recommend

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