CIA superspy set to flee Pakistan over lawsuit

30 Nov
File photo shows US military specialists removing virus from infected drones.
File photo shows US military specialists removing virus from infected drones.
Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:44PM
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The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been forced to call back its station chief in Islamabad after he was accused of killing civilians in killer drone strikes.

This comes after a Pakistani lawsuit designated the CIA station chief by name, accusing him of killing civilians in missile strikes.

The letter signed by a senior aide to Pakistani politician and cricket star, Imran Khan, asked police in northwestern town of Hangu to name CIA Director John Brennan and a man they identified as the agency’s Islamabad station chief as suspects for murder and “waging war against Pakistan.”

Several Pakistani lawyers had previously said they would file a lawsuit against drone killings in Pakistan and, if necessary, one with the International Court of Justice based in The Hague.

The CIA station chief in Islamabad runs the unmanned drone attacks which are said to target militants in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt.

Official figures show that most of the victims are civilians. The unauthorized US drone attacks have drawn strong criticism from the Pakistani people and officials.

US drone strikes have killed thousands of people in northwest Pakistan over the past few years. The airstrikes have intensified since US President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes in Pakistan and some other countries pose a growing challenge to the rule of international law.

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