How CIA takes its revenge on boys who protested drone strikes
A Pakistani teenager, who recently joined a protest rally against US drone strikes, was killed in an attack by the CIA-operated spy planes in North Waziristan tribal region, a campaigner against the missile strikes said on Tuesday.
Sixteen-year-old Muhammad Tariq of North Waziristan had joined hundreds of tribesmen in the rally against drone strikes in the Pakistani capital on Friday. The protesters had called for an immediate end to the strikes, saying they killed many civilians, reported Rediff.com.
Tariq was killed with his cousin Waheed, 12, in a US drone strike on Monday night near Mirali, a key town in the restive North Waziristan tribal agency, said Karim Khan, who is leading a campaign against the missile attacks.
Khan, who belongs to Mirali, had lost his son in a drone attack last year.
He filed a case against the former CIA station chief and several top US officials in a police station in Islamabad for what he said was the murder of innocent tribesmen in drone strikes.
At least four people were killed in Monday night’s drone strike on a house and a vehicle, according to local media reports.
It was the fourth strike in Waziristan in five days.
On Sunday, US spy planes fired missiles at a house in North Waziristan and killed at least six people.
CIA accused of killing childRights activists accused the CIA at the weekend of “killing a kid who wanted to work for justice and the rule of law” following a US air strike that claimed the life of a Pakistani teenager who had begun to testify about Washington’s covert drone war.
On the previous Friday Mr Aziz had attended a jirga, or council, in Islamabad at which the elders of communities in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal areas met for the first time with Western lawyers from London-based charity Reprieve to discuss the secret CIA bombing campaign in their area which has claimed hundreds of civilian lives.
Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith said: “I met this lad Tariq last week, and he was no more a terrorist than my mother.
“It’s high time the CIA stopped this dirty and illegal war.”
Shahzad Akbar (pictured) of the Islamabad-based Foundation for Fundamental Rights added: “I believe we have lost someone who could have helped to show us what is really happening in that part of the world.
“It makes it twice as tragic that the CIA has killed a kid who wanted to work for justice and the rule of law. It is acts such as this that are fuelling militancy and extremism among the young people of the tribal areas.”