PTI files a resolution against drone strikes in NA

Drone strikes are a blatant violation of the sovereignty of Pakistan and international laws, the petition says.


Our Correspondent June 10, 2013
The petition stated that drone strikes have killed more innocent civilians than militants themselves. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed a resolution in National Assembly on Monday against drone attacks by US that have killed over 3000 civilians in the country since 2004.

According to the draft of resolution submitted by PTI spokesperson, Shireen Mazari, drone strikes have killed more innocent Pakistanis than the militants themselves.

The draft stated that the drone strikes carried out by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and now by the Pentagon were in direct violation of the sovereignty of Pakistan.

It said that drones do not provide the suspects a chance to surrender and the strikes are conducted without affirming the identity of the suspect.

Many drone strikes have targeted rescue workers that come to the site of the drone attack, it argued.

The resolution called on the Government of Pakistan to take immediate steps to put an end to the drone attacks, including asking US to end drone strikes, taking diplomatic and, if need be, military measures to respond firmly to such an attack.

Furthermore, it said that that the government should remember the judgement of the Peshawar High Court on April 2013 where the Court decided that under Pakistan's Constitution, the drone strikes carried out in FATA were a blatant violation of basic human rights, the UN Charter, UN General Assembly Resolution, provisions of Geneva Convention and are regarded as a war crime.

It maintained that in view of the established facts and figures with respect to civilian casualties and damaged, the US government is bound to compensate the victims' families.

The resolution filed by PTI hoped that the government of Pakistan would protect the sovereignty of Pakistan, the International Law and enforce the judgement of the Peshawar High Court as soon as possible.

COMMENTS (25)

Ali Asghar | 8 years ago | Reply

Resolution against drone strikes was also passed by previous assembly. I don't think it can resolve the matter. This time make sure that after passing the resolution , you get the Air Force in action.

Aschraful Makhlooq | 8 years ago | Reply

Much the best,excellent and august step taken by PTI and by voting on this resolution presented by PTI thus now this shall be proven and shown that how many parliamentarians are against and how many parliamentarians are in favor of drones' strikes and here the most important question rises,id est,who will implement the resolution if passed by the vast majority and who will coerce US to stop drones' strikes?In other words by this resolution there shall be the test of sincerity and honesty of the parliamentarians with Pakistan and Pakistan's sovereignty.......

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