Drone Attacks have Increased Terror Acts: LHC CJ
The chief justice of the Lahore High Court ON Wednesday remarked that drone attacks are against the integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan, and if these are not being carried out with the government consent, it should take measures to stop them.
The CJ said, “Through the media, it is known to everyone that people of Fata are being killed by America in drone attacks. I, being chief justice of Punjab and a citizen of Pakistan, am of considered view that due to drone attacks, terrorist activities are being increased in the whole of Pakistan, and the citizens are killed in suicide attacks.”
The chief justice made these observations while disposing of a petition against drone attacks in Pakistan, which had alleged that they were being carried out with the permission of
government. Earlier, the Defence Ministry submitted its reply, which carried only two words “no comment”, in response to all contentions raised by the petitioner. The LHC CJ rejected the reply, saying it was not acceptable as the ministry had not clearly stated its position in order to save its skin.
The petition was filed by a lawyer Sardar Zaheer Khan, praying the court to ask the Federal Government for a comprehensive report about the agreement/treaty with America and Blackwater, if any, with respect to drone attacks.
The petitioner also said the government should also furnish the number of drone attacks and the number of persons killed therein, and the compensation provided so far to the victims. He sought directions for the government to get an FIR registered against US President Barack Obama, and those who were responsible for murders of innocent people by drone attacks in Pakistan.
He requested the court to restrain government functionaries from holding meetings with American diplomats who were supposed to give dictation to Pakistan in derogation of the sovereignty, integrity and security of the state and creating annoyance among the people of Pakistan.
The chief justice had already dismissed another identical petition for non-prosecution. This petition was filed by Khalid Khawaja of the Human Rights Defence also a former official of the ISI, who had been killed allegedly by a group of Taliban last month.