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US Drone War in Pakistan: Legal Proceedings

This database was developed by Maliha Ali '15 at Bennington College, as a resource for fact-checking and archiving the claims, research and data about US drone policy and its impact in Pakistan and beyond.

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Noor Khan v. Federation of Pakistan et al

Reprieve - Noor Khan

Noor Khan was a postgraduate student studying towards his MA in Political Science when his life was altered forever by a drone strike on 17th March 2011. On that day, Noor’s father, Malik Daud Khan, an esteemed tribal leader, was presiding over a jirga, a traditional meeting used to resolve disputes in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Over 40 elders were attending the jirga that day when a drone hovering overhead launched four missiles, killing Malik Daud Khan and 40 others. Reprieve has assisted Noor in taking legal action against both the Pakistani and UK governments for their roles in covert US drone strikes.

Kareem Khan v. CIA

Reprieve - Kareem Khan

Kareem is a Pakistani journalist and anti-drones activist. His teenage son and brother were killed in a CIA drone strike on 31 December 2009. Assisted by Reprieve and our Pakistani partner the Foundation for Fundamental Rights, Kareem is taking legal action in Pakistan to force the authorities to investigate the murder of his relatives. On 7 April 2015, the Islamabad High Court ordered Pakistani police to open a criminal case against a former CIA Islamabad Station Chief and an ex-CIA lawyer for their involvement in the deaths of Kareem's son and brother.

Nabila and the Rehman family

Reprieve - Nabila and the Rehman family

Mamana Bibi, a sixty-seven year old grandmother of nine, was picking vegetables near her home in Pakistan when a drone missile killed her on 24 October 2012. Mamana’s grandchildren watched as their grandmother’s body was torn to pieces. The drone then fired a second missile as the children, including nine year old Nabila and thirteen year old Zubair, raced to help their grandmother. In 2012, Reprieve brought Nabila, Zubair, and their father, Rafiq, to the US to give evidence at a Congressional briefing. It was the first time Congress had been brought face-to-face with victims of US drone strikes.