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Jemima Khan donates cameras to Pak tribal leaders to record damage done by US drones

October 27, 2011 - London

Jemima Khan, the former wife of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, has donated cameras to Pakistani tribal leaders to document the death and devastation caused by US drone attacks in the country's tribal areas, according to a media report.

A Loya Jirga (Grand Council) of Waziri tribal leaders is being held in Islamabad today, and human rights lawyers will distribute an initial batch of 50 cameras to the community leaders, The Times reports.

The tribal leaders will be asked to photograph the effects of drone strikes with the cameras, which will show when and where the pictures were taken, and the information will go to a central databank accessible to the public, the report said.

The campaign has been organised by Pakistani lawyers and human rights groups, it added.

"We need complete transparency. The burden of proof is on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to show they are getting it right," Clive Stafford Smith, a British lawyer of the campaign group Reprieve, was quoted as saying.

"The cameras will tell the rest of the world what is happening, and who is actually being killed in an area where the flow of information is being controlled and manipulated by the very perpetrators of the killing machine," Mirza Shahzad Akbar, a lawyer representing civilian victims of drone attacks, said.

About 2000 people have been killed by missiles fired from remote-controlled drones that are principally operated from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada.

The 300th strike in Pakistan since 2004 was made last week, and drones are targeting suspected militants once every four days in Pakistan's tribal areas.


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