U.S. Drone Strikes Ruled As Illegal By The Highest Pakistan Court

by
Fatimah Mazhar
So the highest court in Pakistan has ruled the U.S. drone strikes as illegal. The High Court in Peshawar has asked the Pakistani government (which is in the process of transition) to move a resolution against the drone strikes in the United Nations.

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So the highest court in Pakistan has ruled the U.S. drone strikes as illegal. The High Court in Peshawar has asked the Pakistani government (which is in the process of transition) to move a resolution against the drone strikes in the United Nations.

The air strikes which have been much-debated and criticized for violating the sovereignty of Pakistan were initiated as a “solution” to end the spreading radicalization in the country mainly originating from bordering Afghanistan militant areas. Though the U.S. (both under the Bush and Obama administration) maintains that the program has proved to be effective and there have rarely been any civilian deaths or injuries, there are various official and unofficial facts available that prove that the U.S. is quite delusional when it comes to civilian casualties.

In 2012, a study by Stanford Law School and New York University's School of Law cited that there were more civilians and innocent residents killed in the drone strikes than the militants throughout the period of the drone program.  It has also caused mass radicalization of the affected individuals who mainly got recruited by the militants after getting deprived of their livelihood and families. The air strikes have caused the generation of deep anti-U.S. sentiment in the targeted areas like Waziristan.

There has been a constant rejection to the drone strikes nationally and internationally. Most recently in March this year, a U.N. human rights investigator said that the United States has violated Pakistan's sovereignty and shattered tribal structures with unmanned drone strikes in its counterterrorism operations near the Afghan border.

As elections are just round the corner in Pakistan, the nation hopes for a government that will seek to end the drone program for good. The former government Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), before its election, had promised to come up with a solution to the problem but disregarded it completely when it came in power. Now that the program has been officially labeled as illegal, one hopes that the next (democratic) government will seek to put an end to the miseries of the people whose lives have been devastated by the barbaric air strikes.

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