Pakistanis seek arrest of ex-CIA chief over drone strikes

July 18, 2011 18:27

ISLAMABAD - Three Pakistani tribesmen filed a complaint with the police against former legal counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) for approving drone missile strikes that killed hundreds of people, their lawyer said on Monday.

Missile-armed drones have been playing a greater role than ever in U.S. counterterrorism operations. But Pakistan has regularly complained about the U.S. drone strikes, saying they complicate Islamabad's efforts to win the support of the Pakistani people and isolate the militants in border regions.

In the complaint, the attorney for the tribesmen, Shahzad Akbar, pointed out that John A. Rizzo was acting General Counsel to the CIA until June 25, 2009.

"At CIA, one of his role was to approve a list of person to be killed every month in Pakistan by the CIA using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles," Akbar said in the complaint written in English.

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