Pakistani journalist suing US for killing his son, brother in drone attack
According to Karim Khan, his brother and the son were innocent and had no terror links at all. His brother Asif Iqbal had Masters degree in Modern Languages and was a teacher at a local school. The 16-year-old son, Zahinullah, was a student of grade 10.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Khan vowed to pursue the case against the CIA and the US government. "We would show their tyrannous face to the whole world...that's all. They cannot bring back my brother or my son...but I will fight against them as far as I can," he said.
Since 2004, the Central Intelligence Agency has conducted over 400 drone attacks in Pakistan, killing about 3,000 people. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism claims that at least 966 civilians, including 207 children are also among those killed by the drones.
Karim Khan has a similar opinion that dozens of the civilians have been targeted by US drone during the last decade. He said: "They tell the whole world that they are killing terrorists in drone strikes, but in fact, they are killing innocent people."
"I come to your house, and kill you or you brother and sister...or your innocent children, what would be in your heart for me? Won't there be hate in your heart?" he said.
"It took six years to have this case registered on a court order that they have committed a crime and this should be investigated," he added.
The White House claims that CIA's drones target only potential combatants in all regions, including Pakistan's tribal areas. President Barack Obama also issued a directive to the CIA to take extensive measures and analysis before designated a drone attack.
Earlier this month, in an unprecedented move, the Obama administration agreed to pay some $1.2 million to the Italian family of aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, who was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan .
The 37-year-old Lo Porto died last year when drones struck an Al Qaeda compound where he was being held hostage along with Warren Weinstein, an American humanitarian worker.
“As we acknowledged last year, a US government counter-terrorism operation killed two innocent hostages held by Al Qaeda, Dr Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto,” said White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price.
In a rare admission of responsibility, President Barack Obama acknowledged the strike and promised compensation for the families. For legal reasons the White House is describing the money given to the two families as “condolence payment,” not compensation.
Although US has compensated for the death of the Italian worker but a huge majority in war torn regions including Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan have not been considered for any sort of compensation from a decade or so.
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