Did you know these facts about the United States’ drone program in Pakistan?
- Washington and Islamabad have no official agreement regarding U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani territory.
- Since it does not officially acknowledge the CIA-run drone program in Pakistan, the U.S. government provides no breakdown of casualties.
- Some communities in targeted provinces in Pakistan have become reluctant to hold funerals lest they attract drone strikes.
- The U.S. government claims that targeted killings are a legally justified response to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. International legal experts have challenged this assumption that the U.S. can, more than a decade later and outside an active battlefield, still be at war with those it holds responsible and invoke the laws of war when targeting them.
- Unlike international humanitarian law, international human rights law does not countenance the killing of civilians or bystanders.
Read more in our latest report, Drones: Myths and Reality in Pakistan