Pakistan Will Refer Drone Strikes to UN Special Rapporteur?
It is hard to know how seriously to take this report, or even if it is accurate. But if it is accurate, this could be trouble for the U.S. drone strike program in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Ministry (HRM) has decided to take up matter of drone attacks with United Nations under international humanitarian law and file an official complain to Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
Addressing a media briefing on Monday, Adviser to Prime Minister Mustafa Nawaz Khokar said the matter would be discussed with all stakeholders of the government after taking them on board an official complain will be lodged.
He categorically made it clear that drone strikes are not acceptable. He said so far the debate has only circled around loss of collateral damages and not about the specific legislation of the strikes in the light of international humanitarian law (law of war).
This is somewhat at odds with John Brennan’s assurance this past weekend, that our allies are increasingly on board with drone strikes. But then again, Pakistan’s government is not exactly the most unified entity, and it is entirely possible that part of the government is seeking to expose drone strikes to international scrutiny and another part is encouraging them. But given the gradual pushback from folks like Alston, I am not sure that the complicated and sophisticated legal approach outlined by Brennan is going to make a difference among overseas critics.