News / Asia

Suspected US Drone Kills 4 Militants in Pakistan

Pakistani volunteers look at a vehicle that was set on fire by an angry mob in Karachi, Pakistan, August 1, 2011
Pakistani volunteers look at a vehicle that was set on fire by an angry mob in Karachi, Pakistan, August 1, 2011

Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed four militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, marking the second such missile attack in two days.

The officials said Tuesday the U.S. drone fired missiles at the militants' vehicle near Miran Shah, the main town in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area. A day earlier, Pakistani security sources said a U.S. drone strike killed four other militants in a vehicle near South Waziristan's main town of Wana. The two largely lawless Pakistani tribal regions are home to Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants who also operate across the border in Afghanistan.

The unrest in Karachi and the murder of journalist Saleem Shehzad, whose body was found dumped in a canal in late May, has editors and reporters in Pakistan thinking hard about how to protect themselves in a country that human rights groups say is the most dangerous in the world for journalists.

Bob Deitz is Asia Program Coordinator for the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Deitz told VOA’s Catherine Maddux that Pakistani journalists are taking matters of security into their own hands, and with good reason.

A recent post on his blog includes guidelines for Pakistani journalists on how to report in hostile environments. It was written by Zaffar Abbas, an editor at Pakistan English-language daily newspaper Dawn.

  • The fundamental principle that governs news coverage in a conflict zone is: "NO STORY IS WORTH YOUR LIFE." So pull out before it's too late.
  • Staying in touch means staying alive. Your city editor/shift-in-charge should always be aware of your movements in a conflict zone.
  • The city editor/chief reporter is also expected to carry out the risk assessment before deploying the crew in a hostile zone.

To read the entire list, visit the Committee to Protect Journalists.

U.S. officials have never publicly acknowledged the use of drone strikes against insurgent targets inside Pakistan, but privately have confirmed their existence to various news outlets. Pakistanis often complain that such attacks violate their nation's sovereignty.

The latest drone strike coincided with a visit to Islamabad by the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman. He was due to hold talks with his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts on Tuesday, to coordinate efforts to combat long-running Islamist insurgencies in both nations.

Pakistani officials say suspected militants detonated a roadside bomb near a vehicle carrying Pakistani soldiers in South Waziristan on Tuesday, killing two of them. The attack happened as the troops were patrolling near the town of Ladha.

Meanwhile, a wave of violence in the Pakistani port of Karachi has killed at least 31 people since Monday and prompted the country's interior minister to say the government will take "every possible action to restore peace."

Authorities say 11 people were shot dead in Karachi on Tuesday, while at least 20 were killed the day before. Karachi has a long history of ethnic, sectarian and political violence by armed gangs suspected of links to Pakistan's main political parties. Officials say the violence killed more than 200 people in the city last month.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Tuesday the government has had enough of the killings and will take stern action to stop them. Pakistani authorities boosted deployments of security forces in Karachi last month, but the violence continued.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

Video One Year After Thai Coup, No End in Sight for Military Rule

Since carrying out the May 22, 2014 coup, the general has retired from the military but is still firmly in charge More

Goodbye, New York

This is what the fastest-growing big cities in America have in common More

Job-Seeking Bangladeshis Risk Lives to Find Work

The number of Bangladeshi migrants on smugglers’ boats bound for Southeast Asian countries has soared in the past two years More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs