Published On: Fri, May 10th, 2019
Published in Category: Court News / Islamabad

Court not responsible for stopping drone attacks: CJP

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ISLAMABAD: The court is not responsible for stopping drone attacks, remarked Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa while hearing a contempt of court petition against the government for its failure to stop the attacks.

The petitioner, Raja Saeed Sultan, filed the petition after the government failed to implement the orders of the Peshawar High Court. The high court had ordered to stop drone attacks in the country.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court dismissed the case on Thursday.

During the hearing, the chief justice remarked that the strikes can be stopped by the policies of the foreign ministry and national security agencies.

Justice Khosa asked, “Can the high court even give a verdict to stop drone attacks? Did it order the US to stop the drone attacks? Why would the US follow the high court’s verdict?” He asked whether a high court could even decide what the US will do.

The petitioner’s lawyer said that drone attacks target women, children and animals. Justice Sajjad Ali Shah remarked, “Please ask yourself, what are you arguing for?”

The top judge said drone strikes don’t even occur anymore. The court respects the petitioner’s passion but can’t help them in any legal way, he added.

The CJP said that now the drone attacks have been stopped, adding that Interior Ministry and federal government can talk to America on this matter as the court cannot interfere in this matter.

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