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Imran vows to take issue of US drone attacks in Pak to International Court of Justice


October 29, 2011 - Islamabad

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that his party would take the issue of US drone attacks in the country's tribal areas to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Imran also appreciated the resolve of the founder of Reprieve, a UK-based legal action charity, to knock on the doors of international courts against such strikes.

During his speech at a local hotel in Islamabad, the cricketer-turned-politician quoted Former French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau and said that war was too serious a matter to be left to the generals, The News reports.

Imran said that the situation was no different in the United States, where generals, such as David Petraeus, handled the Afghan policy and had no plan-B.

The grand Jirga from Waziristan, through a unanimous resolution, called upon Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take note of the drone attacks and hold an independent and transparent probe into the matter.

The largely-attended forum also urged the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Envoy on Extra Judicial Killings Christof Heyns to help halt the US hegemony, mass killings of tribal people and undermining of Pakistan's sovereignty by drone attacks.

The Jirga was co-organised by Reprieve and the Foundation for Fundamental Rights to raise awareness about the drone assaults and firm up a line of action on how to halt them.

The Jirga demanded that the Pakistan military stop its operation in Waziristan and said that the tribal people were capable of tackling the menace of militancy on their own.

ANI

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