Imran Khan declares legal war against drone attacks
ISLAMABAD: Seeking an end to the US drone attacks, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has announced to adopt a two-way strategy – application of public pressure within the country and taking legal action through international courts of law.
Imran said, “Rulers have sold national sovereignty for dollars” as he urged the people to take to the street against this “state-sponsored terrorism”. He was speaking at the National Press Club on Tuesday at a joint press conference with Clive Smith of Reprieve - a charity, which in collaboration with Justice Project of Pakistan, provides free legal aid to families of drone attacks’ victims.
PTI chief said that some 90 percent of the people targeted by the drones are civilians, adding that 18 out of every 20 victims of drone attacks are innocent. He said, “The bodies of the victims are usually beyond recognition but somehow the victims become suspects after they are dead.” Imran said that alleged terrorists are innocent until proven guilty. Saying that the government has fixed the “match of drone attacks” with the US administration, he condemned it for failing to protect the life and property of the citizens.
He invited all the political parties to his proposed sit-in in Peshawar on 23rd and 24th of April against drone attacks, saying it was a national cause and it was our duty to rise up against naked foreign aggression and our government’s failure in getting the attacks stopped. Khan thanked Clive Smith and his team for helping the victim’s families. Speaking on the occasion, Clive Smith said that they were meeting affected people and providing them legal help in the US, UK, Pakistan, and at international courts.
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