Pakistani court directs gov't to stop U.S. drone strikes (2)

18:11, June 30, 2010      

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On Tuesday, a U.S. unmanned aircraft fired two missiles on a hideout of suspected militants in South Waziristan tribal region and killed at least 10 militants.

Pakistan publicly opposes the drone strikes but opposition alleged that the government has a secret agreement with the U.S. about the strikes. Pakistani government denies it.

The U.S. has intensified drone strike in Waziristan region in recent months despite outcry against the attacks by international rights groups and Pakistan. At least four have been carried out this month in North and South Waziristan.

This month the Amnesty International said the U.S. use of drones to target insurgents in northwest Pakistan has generated considerable resentment inside Pakistan.

Amnesty International in a report called on the U.S. to clarify its chain of command and rules of engagement for the use of drones and ensure proper accountability for civilian casualties.

Pakistani leaders said that drone aircraft kills civilians and that it also badly affects anti-terror war.

Washington has refused to halt drone strike while considering the use of the technology as effective to eliminate al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

In August last year Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsood was killed along with his wife in South Waziristan when U.S drone fired missiles at the house of his father-in-law where he was staying at the time of the strike.Source:Xinhua
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