New firsts: FIR of drone strike lodged in Hangu

Published: November 23, 2013
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File photo of a drone. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

File photo of a drone. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The First Information Report. File photo of a drone. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: A First Information Report (FIR) of the US drone strike which killed six persons including a Taliban commander was filed against unidentified persons in Hangu on Friday. This is the first FIR of its kind in Pakistan.

The FIR was registered in the police station in Tal area of Hangu in K-P. Sections for murder, attempted murder, explosives and terrorism were included in the document.

The SHO of the police station Farid Khan said that FIR number 555 stated that unidentified persons had launched four missiles in the drone strike on November 21.

Khan said the case was filed on the directives of provincial government and the unidentified persons were charged against 302, 3/4, 427 and 7ATA of Pakistan Penal Code.

The SHO revealed that the victims of the drone strike were from Afghanistan and the deceased were indentified as Noorullah, Hamidullah, Ahmed Jan, Gul Marjan and Abdul Rehman.

The FIR mentioned that no children were killed in the attack.

Khan also stated the local people informed him that the victims of the Hangu drone attack were taken to Afghanistan for burial. As a result post-mortem of the deceased was not possible. Further investigations are underway by the police.

Hangu drone strike

On November 21, a drone had fired missiles at a madrassa in the Tal area of Hangu, killing six people and injuring at least eight others.

This was the second drone strike in K-P in five years. An unmanned aircraft had earlier fired missiles in K-P’s Bannu area in 2008.

Pakistan on November 22 had conveyed its ‘deep concerns’ to the US over the Hangu drone strike, and demanded an ‘immediate cessation’ of attacks in the country.

“The Government of Pakistan has strongly condemned the US drone strike that took place in Hangu district of the K-P province on November 21, 2013,” the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had said yesterday, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement had added that Pakistan government’s concerns were relayed to the US Ambassador in Islamabad on November 21, and it was reiterated that such attacks were particularly worrying given Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had just spoken against the strikes to President Obama during their bilateral meeting in October.

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government had decided to organise a mass protest in Islamabad against the controversial US-sponsored drone campaign during an emergency meeting of the K-P cabinet on November 22.

On November 20, the United States had assured Pakistan that it will temporarily call off the controversial drone campaign if the Taliban sat across the table with government negotiators for peace talks, Sartaj Aziz had revealed.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Kanwal
    Nov 23, 2013 - 12:51PM

    Honestly, what in the God’s name is Pakistani army doing? It’s downright double game. Come in open so all gets clear. The Nawaz government is too full on petrodollar and too much of a mentor of these outfits and their madressas in panjab to be able to admit that these attacks have full backing of Pakistan under the table. You need to trust your people. These animals killed tens of thousands.mwe know they should be eradicated. We know you should do it. So if you are doing it, come out in open and make the situation clear to whole nation so we could stand united with you.

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  • Stranger
    Nov 23, 2013 - 12:53PM

    DRONE seems to be the new national bird of Pak.

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  • Asif
    Nov 23, 2013 - 1:04PM

    Unidentified? Everyone knows who is operating these drones, why not nominate the head of CIA & U.S President in the FIR.

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  • Ahmed
    Nov 23, 2013 - 1:05PM

    First FIR lodged against naamaalom drone operated by naamaaloom afraadd. hahaha

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 23, 2013 - 1:43PM

    The one’s who don’t even have a pair of brass —— to lodge an FIR against CIA Special Activities Division, are out to halt NATO supply line! Question for the senseless and blind sheep herd followers – does filing an FIR also fall in the ambit of Federal Government?

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  • imran ali
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:05PM

    very interesting out of those killed by drones were Afghan National…but FIR registered in Pakistan…may be our govt think Afghanistan is another province of Pakistan

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  • Ex Pakistani
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:14PM

    If FIR is against unknown people then it means US is not to be blamed because we dont know who carried out the attached

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:17PM

    Why “unidentified persons” when the US government is openly saying that they are doing the drone strikes because Pakistan’s Army is unable to eliminate the Taliban leaders?
    Who is Imran khan trying to fool???

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  • Salman
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:52PM

    @Muslim Leaguer:
    FYI…..when you cannot name a particular person on the FIR, you put unidentified person. This is common practise. Actually…they could have put Obama as he is commander of chief of us army.

    I’m more concerned about the fact that this happened so soon after PM spoke to Obama about this. Would like to hear from Nawaz Sharif exactly what was discussed. Was consent given by him or did he protest? If he protested…what is his next step going to be? Is he happy to continue being humiliated in this fashion? I’m not. Imagine if the next alleged terrorist is found in lahore. Will mian sahib also tolerate drone strikes in model town?

    Regretting that I voted for the useless PMLN. NEVER AGAIN!

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  • Aakashvaani
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:52PM

    Oh my god! An FIR in a Pakistani police station. The drone guys can not run any further, your time is up. ROFL India should take a lesson

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  • Sarah Khan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:53PM

    The aircraft was unmanned. That is why against unknown people. Please learn to follow due process of law my dear ‘liberals’

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  • A J Khan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:55PM

    Such imperials can be rolled out by PTI government alone.
    Murder case against unknown person flying the drone.
    By the way drones are pilotless.

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  • Naim
    Nov 23, 2013 - 2:57PM

    I wonder if the provincial govt would also confirm if the victims were in Pakistan with valid visa and for good purpose as they were not Pakistanis.
    To Immi and group my question is why protest in an already charged atmosphere created by sectarian,political,and intolerable violence when your Govt is already in its FULL power in the affected province and it has all the capacity to atleast make an FIR against the “unidentified persons”.

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  • Nov 23, 2013 - 3:11PM

    Fir should be against Prime Minister and Army Chief, coz they have the approval of drones in Pakistan … :O

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  • A-No.1
    Nov 23, 2013 - 3:17PM

    Even in an FIR the authorities are afraid to name US. What a joke.

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  • militant
    Nov 23, 2013 - 3:35PM

    that’s y..militants are targeting the forces, police and government installations…because a clear cut drone attack was put into “Namaloom Afrad ki Karwai lists”…Shame on us…..

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  • PakPower
    Nov 23, 2013 - 3:35PM

    @Muslim Leaguer:
    Easy there mate. The US government wasn’t at the helm of the drone. The drone operator(s) is signified as being nominated in the FIR. Your deduction is akin to saying that when you don’t know a lawyer to file a report against then you file the FIR against the whole judicial system. On another note, atleast PTI did something. The Muslim Leaguers on the other hand are merry playing the double-game.

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  • unbelievable
    Nov 23, 2013 - 4:23PM

    Yeah – I bet the America’s are quaking in their boots. Grow up.

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  • Faisal Khan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 4:40PM

    @Muslim Leaguer:
    Sir, im not a big fan of Mr. Khan either but apparently he is not the person who lodged the FIR in the first place. So request to all to please stop this pro and anti campaigns against any of the politicians and start writing something constructive about the issue at hand.

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  • Sophya Khan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 4:55PM

    @Muslim Leaguer:
    because IK is not PM who can govern FATA.. and in Hangu, the relatives of the victims can name CIA chief in the FIR..dont worry they will not name the PM of the pathetic league :)

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  • piddler
    Nov 23, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Good now we can all be 007 licence to kill a gringo on sight

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  • Usman S.
    Nov 23, 2013 - 8:25PM

    **A fearsome special unit of the Hangu police station has already been sent to the US to arrest the main perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring them to justice.

    The list handed out to this special unit includes including the CIA Chief, the secretary of defence and the likes of John Kerry and Obama himself.
    Having completed the mission, the team would land at Peshawar in a special aircraft tomorrow.
    The accused would then be held on trial in a special Taliban court in Wazirastan….no Swat as the new TTP chief belongs to that area.
    Long live PTI and Imran Khan. We are so proud of you!!!**

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  • Rizwan Nasar
    Nov 23, 2013 - 9:22PM

    How long will they keep playing this games? An FIR was lodged against unknown person. Why was the United States government or President Obama nominated in the FIR. We are in it knee deep. Everything cannot be blamed on the Musharraf government. There has been elected democratic government in place for over FIVE years. Why could they have not stopped the drones? Shoot some of them down. The drones are doing what we are afraid to do… Kill the terrorists who have killed over 40,000 innocent Pakistani. People who sympathize or identify themselves with the TTP leaders killed should be declared Terrorists and hunted down. They do not deserve Pakistan.

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  • asif
    Nov 23, 2013 - 11:00PM

    Victims were from Afghanistan? This pretty much says it all.

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  • Sheeba Rameez, Banu
    Nov 23, 2013 - 11:04PM

    @Kanwal:
    I must congratulate KPK govt of PTI and pro-taliban Jamate-Islami on registering FIR against NAMALOOM persons. its really seems funny. Imran Khan has been making noise against america on drones. why not FIR against US president? Now KPK has online FIR system. CM KPK Pervaiz Khattak could have launched online FIR against Obama and start proceedings of the case in MOBILE COURT which has been started in HAYATABAD PESHAWAR (a posh locality of Peshawar). What the gifts of new govt to innocent people:
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  • Sensy
    Nov 24, 2013 - 11:53PM

    UP NEXT: Farooq Sattar: PTI is conspiring against Altaf bhai

    Unidentified persons/ na maloom afrad is reserved for MQM

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  • Nko
    Nov 25, 2013 - 10:44AM

    @Ahmed:
    Ahaaa yeah it seems funny but heyy…its a start :) lets see how it goes!

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  • Nov 28, 2013 - 11:53PM

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is great blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.Recommend

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