Drone-Attack Case Against Ex-CIA Chief Dismissed
ISLAMABAD: A case against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks was dimissed on Thursday for his alleged role in a surgical strike which killed family members of an anti-drone activist, Media reported.
Karim Khan, a native of Mirali, North Waziristan, had also requested the court to register an FIR after his relatives, including his son Zahinullah and brother Asif Iqbal, and other civilians were killed in a drone attack in December 31, 2009.
Islamabad High Court (IHC) had directed Islamabad Police Chief IGP Tahir Alam to register a case against the former CIA for killing innocent civilians in drone strikes.
IHC on Thursday dismissed the case and transferred it to Fata secretary on the grounds that it was registered in a police station in Islamabad which was not in the remits of where the drone strike took place.
In October 2014, a high court bench summoned the Secretariat police station house officer (SHO) for not registering a case against Banks.
Deputy Attorney General Fazalur Rehman Niazi had, however, opposed the petition by arguing that the area did not fall in the police’s jurisdiction.
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