DERA KHAN: ‘ At least 12-Suspected Militants & 4-Security Personnel Killed – Reports ‘

#AceNewsReport – DERA KHAN:July.05: At least 12 suspected militants and four security personnel were killed in an exchange of fire in Data Khel area of North Waziristan tribal region, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

The statement added that the militants fled from the scene leaving behind the bodies of three of their colleagues.

The details could not be independently verified.

North Waziristan is one of the seven regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws which is situated along the Pak-Afghan border and is rife with Taliban militant activity.

The Pakistan Army launched Zarb-i-Azb, a comprehensive operation in North Waziristan tribal region last summer to drive out Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other extremist militants who launch attacks on government and civilian targets, a week after the brazen insurgent attack on the country’s busiest airport in Karachi.

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WARZIRISTAN: ‘ Suicide Attack Kills Seven Soldiers on Afghan/Pakistan Border ‘

#AceNewsReport – WAZIRISTAN:June.08: A suicide attack has killed seven Pakistani soldiers in a restive northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistan’s military said Monday.

 The incident happened in North Waziristan on Sunday night, where the military has been fighting militants since June last year. “When being chased and cordoned, a terrorist exploded his suicide jacket,” the military said in a statement.

The blast triggered a gun battle between militants and troops in which 19 insurgents were killed, AFP reported.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ US Drone Attack Kills Suspected Taliban Militants ‘

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:June.06: A number of suspected Taliban militants were killed Saturday in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, which borders on Afghanistan, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US drones fired two missiles targeting a house which was said to be used as a hideout by the Taliban, the Pakistani Dawn newspaper reported citing unnamed sources.

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` Pakistani Officials have claimed its ` Bordering Regions ‘ with ` Afghanistan ‘ came under Mortar Attack ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – April 06 – (KP) – The Pakistani officials claimed its bordering regions with Afghanistan came under mortar attack on Saturday.

The officials further added that as many as 12 mortar shells were fired from Afghanistan on Saturday that landed in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), local Pakistani newspapers reported.

In the meantime, another official said the shelling took place early Saturday morning and around 7 mortar shells were fired from across the Durland Line.

An official of the political administration of South Waziristan told The Express Tribune, “The shells exploded in Zoya-ba, a village on the Pak-Afghan border in Angor Adda Tehsil of South Waziristan Agency(SWA).”

The official confirmed that no casualties were incurred following the shelling as the mortar shells landed in non-residential areas.

Pakistan and Afghanistan regularly trade allegations of cross-border shelling. The interior ministry of Afghanistan said Saturday that several rockets were fired from across the Durand Line in eastern provinces of Afghanistan.

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` Pakistani Government and the Taliban Insurgency hold their Planned but Secret Meeting in North Waziristan ‘

#AceWorldNews – WAZIRISTAN – March 27 – The Pakistani government and the Taliban insurgency have held their first direct talks, Reuters reports.

The government’s newly-formed four-member committee has met with four members of the Taliban Shura (council) in the tribal region of North Waziristan on Wednesday.

“I am yet to see Shura members who held talks with the government team and I will share the details later once I have a meeting with them,” said Taliban spokesman Shanidullah Shahid.

“The peace process is progressing well,” said Pervaiz Rashid, Pakistan’s Information Minister.

An unnamed government official has also said that both sides were “expected to exchange a list of demands.

” A month-long ceasefire was announced last month by the militants, aimed at the restoration of dialogue with the government.

Pakistan has been plagued by a bloody insurgency since it joined the US ‘War on Terror’ in 2001.

More than 50,000 people have lost their lives since.

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UN:Human Rights Experts Call for Transparency in the Use of Armed Drones, Citing Risks of Illegal Use

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Expressing concern about the potential for illegal use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, two United Nations human rights experts today called on States to be transparent in their use, to investigate allegations of unlawful killings and to respect the full range of applicable international law.

“Drones are not inherently illegal weapons,” Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur Special Rapporteur on extra judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, acknowledged at a panel that discussed his new report as well as that of Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

“But we need to focus on their use,”  he stressed, pointing out that more and more States were likely to use the remote-controlled airborne weapons, which can act with lethal force almost simultaneously with detection of targets. “A world where multiple States use such weapons in secrecy is a less secure world.”

He urged a concerted effort to maintain protections of the full range of international law in the face of drone use, including human rights and humanitarian standards, the applications of which have become problematic as countries functionally widened the definition of battle zones and appropriate targets in the fight against terrorism and insurgencies.

Mr. Heyns said in addition, that the right to life must be protected as the supreme right, along with the right not to be deprived of life without strong legal rationales.

“Both States using drones and States on whose territory drones are used have their own obligations to respect international standards and prevent violations,” he said in his report,

The report emphasised that the legal framework for maintaining international peace as well as preserving the right to life makes up “a coherent and well-established system.”

Both he and Mr. Emmerson, agreed that crucial in maintaining such human rights protections was transparency on the part of countries that use drones. “I urge States to declassify, to the maximum extent possible, information relevant to their lethal extra-territorial counter-terrorism operations and to release its own data on the level of civilian casualties inflicted through the use of drones,” Mr. Emmerson said.

Mr. Emmerson said his investigation into legal aspects of drone strikes came in the wake of a joint statement by 16 States to consider the issue, following allegations of disproportionate civilian casualties and other deep concerns.

He showed a reconstruction of a drone strike that was alleged to have killed and wounded dozens of civilians when it hit a Jirga, or council of tribal elders in North Waziristan, Pakistan.

He said it was among a number of reconstructions that had examined particular strikes and which showed that it was possible to provide a degree of accuracy in resolving competing claims. “Greater transparency is quite possible,” he said, citing security experts who denied that such transparency cancelled the drone’s tactical advantages.

He maintained that in any case where civilians are alleged to have been killed by a drone, the country responsible for the strike must provide a detailed description of the incident as part of its duty to investigate.

United Nations Special Rapporteurs are independent, unpaid experts in their fields who report to the UN Human Rights Council.

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