Drone attacks violation of human rights: Gilani
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said that drone strikes were a violation of human rights because innocent people, including children and women, get killed in such attacks.
He was talking to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanthem Pillay, who called on him to congratulate him on being the longest serving prime minister of Pakistan. The PM drew the attention of the UN high commissioner to the 3.5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and urged that their repatriation would help Pakistan deal with terrorists. “The movement of refugees in their thousands on borders makes it difficult to identify as to who is a tourist and who is a terrorist.” Pillay promised to bring the issue to the notice of the UNHCR.
She appreciated ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ of the PM against terrorism and extremism, saying that the political will would further make the difference in the real sense by thwarting the tendencies, detrimental to the social development. She said democratic reforms in Pakistan were convincingly encouraging, and hoped that state institutions would function keeping in view the trichotomy of power.