Published On: Wed, Jan 1st, 2014
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2013: 27 drone attacks on Pakistan killed 131 people

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ISLAMABAD: Conflict Monitoring Center (CMC) stated that US has made remarkable decline in drone strikes in Pakistan during 2013 year and total 181 people killed across the year in total 27 drone attacks.

During 2013, 22 drone strikes were carried out in North Waziristan killing 131 people while 83 were reportedly injured.

Four strikes were witnessed in South Waziristan where 44 people were killed and 24 injured.
The CIA also extended its drone strikes beyond FATA in 2013, and hit a Madrassa in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

At the start of the year, the CIA had intensified drone strikes in Pakistan and carried out six attacks in first ten days of 2013.

However, number of strikes was reduced to two for next three months.

In May and June, number of drone strikes was further reduced to one strike per month.
However, in July the number rose to three strikes but in August, October and December only one strike per month was reported while four and three drone strikes were reported in September and November 2013 respectively.

In 2013, Nawaz Sharif became first Pakistani ruler who raised the issue of drone attacks at UN General Assembly since 2004 when the CIA started its covert controversial campaign in Pakistan.
During the year, Pakistan gained some achievements at diplomatic front against drone strikes.
In December 2013, UN General Assembly declared that drone strikes are violation of international law.

While federal government initiated campaign against drone strikes at international level in 2013, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamat-e-Islami (JI) kept the public protest alive.

UN special reporter Ben Emerson declared that drone strikes violated Pakistan’s sovereignty.
During 2013, Molvi Nazir (head of his faction of TTP which has a peace agreement in South Waziristan with Pakistani security forces) along with his deputies Maulvi Atta Ullah and Rafey (or Rapa) Khan, Alauddin, Ihsan, Kochai and Chewantee were killed in drone strikes.

Hakimullah Mehsud, head of TTP along with bodyguards and low rank commanders were killed while Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud, TTP’s commander in South Waziristan and deputy of Hakimullah was also killed.

Faisal Khan, Israr Mehsud and Latif, low rank commanders of TTP were also targeted by drones while Sheikh Yaseen alias Somali, deputy commander training of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan was also targeted and killed in an Ariel strike in 2013.

Sheikh Abu Majid Al-Iraq and Sheikh Abu Waqas, both senior commanders of Al-Qaeda, Abu Ubaidullah Abdullah Al-Adam Intelligence chief of Al-Qaeda, Commander Muttaqi also known as Bahadur Khan of TTP, Haqqani commander Sher Khan Abu Saif Al Jaziri (aka Abu Saif Al Jaziri, Abu Yousaf Al Jaziri), Al-Qaeda commander Maulana Akhtar Zadran, Rana Ashraf, and Navid Butt also targeted in 2013 in drone attacks.

Al-Qaeda affiliated low rank commanders, Abu Rashid from Saudi Arabia, Al-Qaeda’s trainer Muhammad Ilyas Kuwaiti, Al-Qaeda commander Muhammad Sajid Yamani, Sangeen Zadran Senior commander of Haqqani Network, Al-Qaeda commander Zubair Al-Muzi, Al-Qaeda commander Abu Bilal Khurasani, Al-Qaeda commander Abu Dujana Khurasani, Al-Qaeda commander Maulana Ahmad Jan, Senior commander Haqqani Network and Commander Faisal of Ansarul Mujahidin were also targeted in 2013 in different air strikes.

Since 2004, the CIA operated drones have killed 3306 people in 391 strikes inside Pakistan, most of them unknown suspected militants including hundreds of civilians.