Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) has slammed the US policy of targeting militants in Pakistan and elsewhere with unmanned drone strikes, declaring that terrorists only benefit from such actions.
In an interview with the Pakistan Daily Times, Khan, a former high profile cricket champion, said that drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and any other part of the world are insane, immoral, illegal and counterproductive.
“Of drones I think two words” Khan said. “It’s immoral and it’s insane. Immoral because you cannot justify eliminating suspects and insane because it’s counterproductive. All it does is it turns more people against the US, hatred grows and the beneficiaries of this insanity are the militants.”
“It is too criminal to justify these acts, which are a violation of all humanitarian laws.” Khan added. “You can’t eliminate suspects, their families, their children and anyone else who is killed and pass it off as collateral damage. All it does is aid the militancy,” he added.
Khan noted that there was absolutely no evidence to show that drone strikes are effectively breaking up militant networks, and that US authorities never provide the names of the people killed in such strikes because to do so would highlight its engagement in war crimes.
“I don’t know how anyone presses buttons and eliminates human beings on information that might or might not be correct. How can this be civilised?” he said.
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