Over 1,184 people were killed and hundreds injured in a barrage of non-UN-sanctioned US drone strikes in Pakistan in 2010 amid growing discontent over the operations.
The yearly report of the Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC) says that at least 2,043 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in unauthorized US attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas over the past five years.
The surge in unauthorized US drone attacks in Pakistan and NATO operations along the border have been heavily criticized by Pakistani officials.
Washington claims its aerial assaults target militants that cross the Pakistani border into Afghanistan. But locals say civilians are the main victims of the attacks.
Islamabad says the unauthorized strikes are counterproductive and a violation of its sovereignty.
Pakistan also strongly condemns the violation of its airspace by US-led forces stationed in Afghanistan.
A recent report by the Brookings Institution also brought the controversial issue of drone attacks under harsher scrutiny. It said the illegal attacks have claimed the lives of 10 civilians for every militant killed in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
Independent Judiciary in Doubt: Raymond Davis Released
Lahore: Raymond Davis was flown out of Pakistan on Wednesday after being acquitted of two murder charges and released by a Pakistani court, a US official said.
“Davis was released from Pakistani custody and is out of the country. There was no quid pro quo,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A court freed Davis after blood money was paid in accordance with sharia law, the Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said.
“The family members of the slain men appeared in the court and independently verified they had pardoned him (Davis),” Sanaullah told a private television.
“He has been released from jail. Now it is up to him. He can go wherever he wants,” he added.
Raja Irshad, a lawyer for the families of the two dead men, said a total of 200 million Pakistani rupees (2.35 million dollars) was paid as compensation. That was confirmed by public prosecutor Abdul Samad.
“The family members told the judge that there was no pressure on them to accept the compensation and they had signed the pardon documents voluntarily, independently and with due consideration,” Irshad said.
Police investigator Muneer Ahmed told JAGO NEWS, the deal had been done by “mutual agreement” and the court had received signed family statements before ordering Davis’ release.
Blood money, or “diyya” is a provision under Islamic sharia law in which compensation can be paid to relatives of those killed to secure a pardon, and is commonly used to resolve such cases in Pakistan.
The Davis case had sparked protests in Pakistan, with religious groups angrily denouncing the American who claimed he acted in self-defence to fend off an armed robbery when he shot dead the two men.
Bal Thakeray Will Decide For Pakistan to Play WC 2011 Final or Not : Indian Terror
Indian Extremist Party Shiv Sena Threatens Pakitan On World Cup 2011 Final: India calls the biggest democracy of world.
You should imagine that same like before, Indian extremist party Shiv Sena has once again threatened Pakistan cricket team. It is not the first time that Shiv Sena has threatened Pakistani cricket team. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi while talking to reporters here on Thursday said, “Bal Thackeray will decide whether to allow Pakistan team to play or not”.
The party has threatened that Pakistani team cannot play in Mumbai in the final of World Cup 2011 without the permission of Bal Thakeray.
“You all know Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s views. If the Pakistan team reaches the final, whether to allow them to play, the Sena chief will decide,” Joshi told reporters.
The final of the World Cup is scheduled to play in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011.
Same thing was happened in 1996 when Pakistan played quarterfinal against India in Bangalore. At those time Pakistan was under the pressure of same extremist party.
Certain Doubts on ICC After Decision of Amir , Asif and Butt
Yes , this is 21st Century where are all familiar with the concept global village . But , even today racism and taking advantage of position is possible. Where England takes advantage of his position against Pakistani cricketers without disclosing satisfactory evidence and statements.
How this is come to know that , mere piece of paper becomes more valuable for ICC and took quick actions against whole Pakistan team at that time. Still many doubts are taking place , while there is not a single solid evidence is disclosed.
DOHA: The ICC found three Pakistani players guilty of corruption on Saturday and banned each of them from cricket for at least five years in the sport’s biggest scandal of the past decade.
Salman Butt for 10 years , Asif for 7 years and Muhammad Amir for 5 years. By this decisions many doubts are pointing towards ICC , whether this decision is warning sign for even ICC existence.
Players have just 21 days to appeal in International Sports Council in Switzerland.
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