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Imran files petition in Pak SC to protest US drone attacks

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 20:28

Islamabad: Pakistan cricketer-turned-
politician Imran Khan on Wednesday filed a petition in the Supreme
Court asking it to declare US drone attacks inside the country
as illegal and unconstitutional.

Khan filed the petition through advocate Shaukat
Aziz Siddiqui under article 184(3) of the constitution, under
which the apex court is empowered to take action to enforce
the fundamental rights of citizens.
The government and several top officials, including
the Defence Secretary, the Secretary of the cabinet division,
Interior Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretaries of
all provinces, were made respondents in the case.

"It is further prayed that respondents may be called
upon to explain that under which authority of law they are
allowing/facilitating operation of drones from the soil of
Pakistan for attacks inside its territory," the petition said.

In his petition, Khan asked the court to declare as
illegal and unconstitutional all acts that take away the
fundamental rights of citizens, the provision of facilities
and logistics to any foreign country, any alliance for mass
destruction due to drone attacks inside Pakistani territory.

Such acts should also be declared a violation of the
United Nations charter, the universal declaration on human
rights, international laws and international humanitarian
Khan said the respondents should be directed to lodge
complaints against the killings of innocent Pakistanis,
destruction of their properties and displacement from their
homes at appropriate international forums.

He also asked the court to direct the respondents to
take all preventive measures against the drone attacks to
protect the life, liberty, dignity, property and other
fundamental rights of citizens.

Khan, who heads the Tehrik-e-Insaaf party, said any
valid agreement between Pakistan and the US to carry out drone
attacks inside Pakistan should be presented before the apex

He has been one of the most vocal critics of the
scores of drone attacks carried out by CIA-operated drones in
Pakistan`s volatile tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.


First Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 20:28
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