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Pakistan Interior Minister: 80% Killed By Drones Are Innocents

•, Steve Watson
 Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik stated Wednesday that up to 8 out of 10 people killed in US drone strikes inside his country are completely innocent civilians.

Repeating a plea he made to the US a fortnight ago to allow Pakistani authorities to oversee drone activity, Malik told reporters that only 20 percent of those killed in drone attacks were militants.

“2,300 people were killed in 336 strikes carried out by United States in Waziristan,” Malik claimed, citing Pakistani estimated figures. He added that 96 of the drone strikes were cross border attacks were launched by the US from Afghanistan.

It is believed that hundreds of children have been killed in the drone attacks.
A major study released last month by Stanford and New York University, titled ‘Living Under Drones’, found that just 2 percent of those killed in drone attacks in Pakistan were high ranking militants.

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