U.S. Drones killed 400 Civilians In 339 Attacks In Pakistan, No Record Of Terrorists Slain

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U.S. Drones killed 400 Civilians In 339 Attacks In Pakistan, No Record Of Terrorists Slain
A file photo of Drone strike.

The number of drone attacks recorded in Pakistan from 2004 is 339 with over 400 civilians killed, according to statement presented in the Pakistan National Assembly earlier this week. The statement made no mention of the number of identified terrorists killed in the attacks.

There was no mention of whether terrorists or Al-Qaeda members were identified among the killed and wounded after a drone strike.

The report stated that the government has not found any written agreement between Pakistan and U.S. on the drone usage, but it could be ‘safely assumed’ that the previous two governments led by the PML-Q and PPP political parties had ‘silently agreed’.

The number of drone strikes had reduced following the recent visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan, the statement said without specifying any numbers.

The statement quoted Kerry’s recent interview to local TV channel in which he reportedly said in response to a question about when the drone strikes could end, “as soon as we have eliminated most of the threat and continue to eliminate it”.

According to the New America Foundation, which tracks the strikes, there have only been 17 drone strikes this year so far.  In the first eight months of last year, there were 36 strikes, while the number of drone strikes in the first eight months of 2011 and 2010 there were 56 and 57 respectively.

Under the Bush administration, there were 46 strikes in Pakistan from 2004 to 2008.  The total number of strikes carried out by the Obama administration from 2009 to 2012 was 297.

Drone strikes have killed some high profile leaders of al-Qaida, the Taliban and Pakistan-based militant groups. Baitullah Mahsood, the leader of Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) who was responsible for multiple terrorist attacks inside Pakistan, including being accused of the murder of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was killed in one such drone attack in August 2009.

Pakistan is reported to have asked Washington to provide it with drone technology so that it can strike militants on its own and avoid the controversy about sovereignty issues that arise when the U.S. fires drones onto Pakistani territory, according to Voice Of America.

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