Grand Jirga

Grand Jirga

On 28th October 2012 FFR hosted the Waziristan Grand Jirga (council) in Islamabad, in order to open an international dialogue on the CIA’s use of drones in Pakistan.

Tribal elders and victims’ families from North Waziristan, former cricketer Imran Khan of political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) as well as international human rights lawyers, activists, artists, civil society and political parties participated in a “jirga” to strongly dispute the CIA’s recent claim that no ‘non-militant’ has been killed in drone strikes in over a year, noting that women and children are among the victims.

The Jirga called for transparency, so that the world may make an informed judgment on the efficacy of a war waged on sovereign territory by the intelligence service of a foreign nation. The proposed programme included the dissemination of ‘Transparency Cameras’ across the region that would record in real time the actual impact of drone missile strikes, as well as the psychological effects on innocent villagers of drones circling their homes for hours on end prior to any attack.

After the Jirga, tribal elders, victims’ families, international lawyers and human rights activists – along with thousands of Pakistani citizens and PTI party workers, joined an anti-drone protest rally at D-Chowk in front of Parliament, Islamabad.