Friday, March 15, 2013

U.S. drones violate Pak’s sovereignty: U.N.

ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2013 AP

The head of a U.N. team investigating casualties from U.S. drone strikes has concluded that the attacks violate Pakistan's sovereignty.

Ben Emmerson, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, says the Pakistani government made clear to him it does not consent to the strikes.

A Pakistani analyst helping Mr. Emmerson's team, Imtiaz Gul, said on Friday that he gave the U.N. investigator case studies of 25 strikes that allegedly killed civilians.

Mr. Emmerson's statement was released on Thursday, following his three-day visit to Pakistan that ended on Wednesday.

The U.S. officials have disputed claims that drones have killed many civilians in Pakistan. They have also said Pakistan secretly consents to the strikes.
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