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Pakistani Court moved for shooting down US spy aircraft

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 9, IRNA -- A Pakistani court has been moved for seeking a verdict to direct Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to shoot down American spy aircraft flying over Pakistani airspace uninterrupted.

A charity organization the Foundation for Fundamental Rights has filed two petitions before High Court in the northwestern city of Peshawar on behalf of victims of the US drone strike carried out on March 17 last year.

Nearly 40 civilians were killed in the American strike in North Waziristan tribal region. The victims had been holding a jirga or council to resolve a dispute over ownership of minerals when US spy aircraft fired missiles.

The petitions cite the federation of Pakistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence among others as its respondents.

One of the petitioners is Noor Khan, the surviving son of Malik Daud Khan, who was the head of a North Waziristan Jirga and was killed along with other tribal elders and notables by CIA operated drones last year.

The Foundation works along with British legal charity Reprieve which had filed a similar petition in London earlier against involvement of the British government in drone strikes in Pakistan.

According to the petition, over 3,000 people have been killed in over 320 drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions since 2004.

The petitioners are seeking court orders asking the federal government to take up the issue before the United Nations Security Council, International Court of Justice and UNHRC.

They have also stated that the federal government should order the Pakistan Air Force to shoot down drones flying inside Pakistani territory in order to protect its citizens and initiate criminal proceedings against those involved on Pakistani or American side.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1017475

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