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William Hague sued over assisting US in conducting Pak drone strikes

London, Mon, 12 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 12(ANI): Human rights lawyers have sued British Foreign Secretary William Hague over the alleged use of intelligence in assisting US drone strikes in Pakistan.


The case is being raised at the London High Court on behalf of Noor Khan, whose father was killed in a US strike.


Lawyers from Leigh Day and Co said civilian intelligence officers who give information to the US might be liable as "secondary parties to murder".


The British Foreign Office refused to comment on the ongoing legal proceedings.


The lawyers, including some from the international charity Reprieve, want to establish the official UK policy or guidance with regard to assisting the US in such cases.


Leigh Day and Co said Khan's father Malik Daud was part of a council of elders holding a meeting in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, when a drone missile hit the group.


The firm said it had "credible, unchallenged" evidence Hague oversaw a policy of passing British intelligence to US forces planning attacks against militants.


It will also point out that Pakistan is not involved in an international conflict.


Malik Daud is believed to be among 40 killed in the strike in North Waziristan, but the figures cannot be independently verified as reporters are prevented by the authorities from travelling to the region. (ANI)


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