When FFR began investigating the impact of drone warfare, we realised that rather than there being some civilian ‘collateral damage’ from the missile strikes upon villages in Waziristan, it was the reverse mostly civilians have been killed with some militant ‘collateral damage’ resulting. The fabric of life in Waziristan has been ripped apart by the constant fear and suspicion caused by the perpetual buzzing of drones overhead. Madrassahs, mosques, bakeries, and marketplaces have been targeted, people are afraid to gather even in prayer or for funerals, and psychiatric disorders are commonplace. There has been a lack of transparency with respect to the Pakistani government’s position on these strikes FFR advocates for the equal application of the rule of law in all areas of Pakistan.
On 7th September 2009, two drones hung in the sky over Mirali Tehsil throughout the day. It was the month of Ramadan and people in the area were angry at drones hovering and wreaking havoc. They were scared as well but in Pashun culture showing fear is cowardly and a matter of shame so no one talked about it openly.Read more
Malik Noor Khan, born 1984 in Datta Khel, NWA, is currently studying for an MA in Political Sciences at the Government Post Graduate College in Miranshah. Noor Khan’s father was the head of a tribal jirga that was meeting to resolve a Chromite mine dispute among sub tribes in Mada Khel, Datta Khel Tehsil, North Waziristan.Read more
The String that holds the Pearls Together – On October 24th in Ghundi Kala, NWA Nabila was playing outside her home when missiles struck. Mamani Bibi, her 68 year old grandmother, and the village’s only midwife, had been teaching young Nabila how to pick okra from the family vegetable field. Nabila tried to run, but her body was burned too badly.Read more
Fahim Qureshi was only 13 years old when on one evening in January 2009, his house was attacked by a CIA-operated drone. The house is situated in Zeraki village in NWA. That day there were about 8 family members gathered in Fahim’s family house and as usual the male members were in the hujra. Some of their friends were present in the hujra as well.Read more