Monday, April 30, 2012

#Pakistan:#Drone - William Hague Faces Lawsuit Over Drone Attack - Why Are The British Media Not Following This Up ????

Human rights lawyers in Britain have filed an application with London's High Court aimed at forcing the country's top diplomat, Foreign Secretary William Hague, to justify his country's assistance with U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan.

The client facing off against the British foreign secretary is Noor Khan, a man from Pakistan's remote North Waziristan, which has been targeted with serial air strikes by unmanned drones in U.S. attempts to weaken Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants thought to be sheltering in the region.

Katherine O'Shea, a spokeswoman for the British legal action group Reprieve, says Khan approached lawyers in Islamabad after his father, a prominent tribal elder, was killed last year while participating in a peaceful jirga aimed at resolving a mining dispute.

"His father was killed in a drone strike on March 17, 2011 -- so, nearly a year ago -- when he was participating in a jirga, a meeting of tribal elders," O'Shea said. "We think that there were up to 40 [people] killed in that strike, and Noor is trying to seek justice for his father."

Evidence suggests that the March 17 strike -- and dozens of others like it -- were conducted by the U.S. with help from the British intelligence agency GCHQ, which falls under Hague's supervision as the secretary of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs.

The London-based law firm Leigh Day and Company, which filed the March 12 application, says Hague and the civilian intelligence employees under his command have no legal right to pass information to the United States for use in its controversial drone campaign, which has killed hundreds of people in Pakistan over the past six years... read more