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Some Pakistanis Resist U.S. Drone Murder

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For all its manifest bias in favor of a security state with a siege mentality that allows the U.S. to kill anyone for any imagined reason, the foundation does offer a more rational way of assessing the usefulness of America's drone crimes war. Tucked in the middle of its "Key Findings," the foundation states: "Only 58 known militant leaders have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan, representing just 2% of the total deaths." [emphasis added] That represents an American moral calculus in which one "known militant leader" (whatever that means) is worth another 49 dead Pakistanis who are not "known" to have been anything but previously alive, whether they were grunts or civilians. 

"Under the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 particularly Article 199 thereof put this Court under  tremendous obligation to safeguard & protect the life &  property of the citizen of Pakistan and any person for the  time being in Pakistan, being fundamental rights, hence,  this Court is constrained to hold as follows:  

i.   That the drone strikes, carried out in the tribal areas (FATA)  particularly North & South  Waziristan by the CIA & US  Authorities, are blatant violation of  Basic Human Rights and are against  the UN Charter, the UN General  Assembly Resolution, adopted  unanimously, the provision of  Geneva Conventions thus, it is held  to be a War Crime, cognizable by the  International Court of Justice or  Special Tribunal for War Crimes,  constituted or to be constituted by the  UNO for this purpose. 

ii.    That the drone strikes carried out  against a handful of alleged  militants, who are not engaged in  combat with the US Authorities or  Forces, amounts to breach of  International Law and Conventions  on the subject matter, therefore, it is  held that these are absolutely illegal  & blatant violation of the  Sovereignty of the State of Pakistan  because frequent intrusion is made  on its territory / airspace without its  consent rather against its wishes as  despite of the protests lodged by the  Government of Pakistan with USA on  the subject matter, these are being  carried out with impunity. 

iii. That the civilians casualties, as  discussed above, including  considerable damage to properties,  livestock, wildlife & killing of  infants/ suckling babies, women and  preteen children, is an uncondonable  crime on the part of US Authorities  including CIA and it is held so."  

-- Judgment of Peshawar High Court [excerpt] on petition #1551-P/2012 and two other cases, issued May 9, 2013 

"So it is in this context that the United States has taken lethal, targeted action against al Qaeda and its associated forces, including with remotely piloted aircraft commonly referred to as drones."  

-- President Obama, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University

The two most familiar U.S. serial-killing drones are appropriately named Reaper and Predator, with a wingspan of about 65 feet, almost twice as long as the body. A drone's payload of almost two tons can include a mix-to-taste array of air-to-ground missiles, air-to-air missiles, and laser-guided bombs with explosive power in the 500-2000 pound range. Drones have flown hundreds o missions over Pakistan since 2004, bombing a country with which the U.S. is not at war, a country which has officially demanded that the U.S. stop violating Pakistani sovereignty while simultaneously doing nothing about it. 

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