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U.N. official: U.S. drone strikes violate Pakistan sovereignty

While some of the U.S.'s shadow wars are carried out with the express or tacit consent of government's where drones strike, such as in Yemen, this is not the case in Pakistan, a U.N. official stated Friday.

Ben Emmerson Q.C., the U.N. special rapporteur monitoring human rights in counter-terrorism programs, returned this week from a trip to Pakistan, where he learned that there has been no "tacit consent by Pakistan to the use of drones on its territory." As such the U.S.'s targeted killing program there constitutes a violation of the country's sovereignty.  The Guardian noted that Emmerson's comments are "a direct response to widespread suspicions that some parts of Pakistan's military or intelligence organizations have been providing clandestine authorization to Washington for attacks by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on Taliban or al-Qaida suspects in provinces on the Afghan border."

Emmerson stated:

As a matter of international law the US drone campaign in Pakistan is therefore being conducted without the consent of the elected representatives of the people, or the legitimate government of the state. It involves the use of force on the territory of another state without its consent and is therefore a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.

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