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Pakistani court issues notice to former president for allowing drone strikes

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 25, IRNA -- Pakistani court on Wednesday issued a notice to former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for allowing campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan.

Peshawar High Court (PHC) issued the notice while hearing a petition filed against drone attacks.

Musharraf, head of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) became chief executive of the country after a bloodless coup in 1999 and resigned in August 2009 fearing impeachment by the parliament. He has been living in exile in Britain and UAE since then.

The CIA-operated drone campaign began in the former president’s government.

Majority of Pakistanis believe that drone strikes kill innocent people, violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and are against all international laws.

Earlier Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had said Pakistan has spelt out in no uncertain terms that USdrone aircraft strikes against militants inside its territory must stop, but Washington is not listening.

She said that US drone strikes on Pakistani soil are “unlawful, illegal and counterproductive.”

Major political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf or Justice Movement had carried out a march against the US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions.

Despite Islamabad’s repeated protests, the Obama Administration is not willing to halt the CIA drone campaign in the tribal areas — notwithstanding Islamabad’s offer of a new mechanism suggesting use of drones only for surveillance.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80386037

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