According to a new report from Amnesty International, US drone strikes that killed 18 civilians as well as one Pakistani grandmother last year may constitute as war crimes. After examining nine out of forty five recent strikes by US drones, Amnesty maintain that a number of the victims that died were unarmed and have called on the US government to carry out an investigation.
Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty International:
“Firstly, in the cases that we have documented, the US must explain why these people have been killed, people who are clearly civilians. It must provide justice to these people, compensation and it must investigate those responsible for those killings.”
The report comes to light just as the Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif is on a four-day trip to Washington DC. Islamabad opposes drone strikes and has told the US many times that they kill too many innocent civilians. The matter will be brought up tomorrow when President Sharif meets the US President Barack Obama.