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    The Impact Of Us Drone Strikes On Terrorism In Pakistan

  • Obama gave CIA 'secret waiver' for Pakistan drone strikes: report

    President Barack Obama secretly exempted the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from carrying out adequate intelligence-gathering missions in Pakistan before conducting drone strikes in the country...

    The Wall Street Journal quotes current and former United States (US) officials as saying President Obama made rules for the US drone programme stricter in 2013, but secretly approved a waiver allowing the CIA more flexibility when it...

  • Pakistan seeks UN rights body’s help on drone strikes

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged the UN Human Rights Council to respond to loss of lives, human rights violations and breach of its territorial sovereignty because of drone attacks...

    Speaking at a meeting of the council in Geneva, Pakistan’s permanent representative Tehmina Janjua pointed out that the drone strikes were also a violation of the UN charter and international law, including human rights and humanitarian law, said a press...

  • At UN, Pakistan demands immediate cessation of illegal drone strikes

    UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan on Saturday demanded an immediate cessation of drone strikes in its territory at United Nation terming it a violation of "territorial integrity and sovereignty of states"...

    Pakistan's Permanent Representative to United Nations (UN) Dr Maleeha Lodhi told the UN General Assembly that the extraterritorial use of armed drones or remotely-piloted aircraft is a violation of international and humanitarian laws... ...

  • OIC, China supporting Pakistan's stance on drone strikes: Lodhi?

    NEW YORK: Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi on Sunday said the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and China are supporting Pakistan's stance on drone strikes in the UN...

    Talking to Geo News, the ambassador who had demanded immediate cessation of such strikes in the UN General Assembly on Saturday, said Pakistan has successfully gathered support over the issue, and OIC, China and a number of other countries agree over...

  • US drone strikes target militants on Afghan-Pakistan border

    KABUL: US forces have carried out two drone strikes targeting militants in part of Afghanistan where the Taliban have clashed with purported supporters of the self-styled Islamic State group, officials said Tuesday...

    The Islamic State (IS) group, also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, has never formally acknowledged having a presence in Afghanistan but fears are growing that it is making inroads in the country...

  • Emails in Clinton probe dealt with planned drone strikes in Pakistan: WSJ

    WASHINGTON: Emails between US diplomats in Islamabad and State Department officials in Washington about whether to challenge specific US drone strikes in Pakistan are at the centre of a criminal probe involving Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday...

    The 2011 and 2012 emails were sent via the "low side", government slang for a computer system for unclassified matters as...

  • Students to depict impact of terrorism through art

    LAHORE: A thought-provoking travelling poster exhibition-competition against terrorism, titled Sympathy to Victims of Terrorism, by students of various colleges and universities will be exhibited across Punjab from the first week of September, officials at Punjab Council of Arts told Dawn...

    Organised by the council, the exhibition is part of the National Action Plan...

  • Al Qaeda confirms death of two key leaders in drone strikes

    PESHAWAR: Al Qaeda has confirmed killing of its two important leaders in US drone strikes in North Waziristan in January this year...

    In an audio message released to the media, Usama Mahmood, the organisation’s spokesman for Asia, said Ustad Ahmad Farooq, Al Qaeda Asia’s deputy leader and Qari Imran, a member of the group’s central Shura and in-charge of North Waziristan, had been killed in the drone attacks...

  • SC rejects petition seeking cessation of drone strikes

    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court rejected on Monday a petition seeking cessation of US drone strikes in tribal areas...

    A three-judge bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar dismissed the petition of Syed Mohammad Iqtidar on the grounds that it did not fall within the ambit of Article 184(3) of the Constitution which deals with the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court for enforcement of fundamental rights...

  • View from the courtroom: Killing of US national brings drone strikes in the spotlight

    The killing of an American aid worker Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, who were held hostage by Al Qaeda in Pakistani tribal area, in an American drone strike in January this year has again brought to limelight the issues related to such attacks...

    It has given birth to several questions regarding the legality of drone strikes in tribal areas as well as the intelligence gathering involved in it...

  • New push to give Pentagon the lead on drone strikes

    WASHINGTON: The deaths of an Italian and an American in a covert CIA drone strike in Pakistan, and the rhetorical contortions required of the president when he informed the world, have breathed new urgency into a long-stalled plan to give the Pentagon primacy over targeted killing of terrorists overseas...

    President Barack Obama announced two years ago that he wanted the armed forces, not a civilian intelligence agency, to be in...

  • Nearly 60 per cent of Americans back drone strikes overseas: Pew survey

    NEW YORK: Nearly 60 per cent of Americans approve of drone strikes that target extremists in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen despite concerns that they endanger innocent civilians, a new poll found Thursday...

    The Pew Research Center said its national survey showed that 58 per cent approve of US drone strikes against extremists in those countries and that 35 per cent disapprove...

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