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October 22, 2013

Pakistani netizens debate US drone strikes

New reports on civilian deaths from drone strikes have fueled criticism over US programme.
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People shout slogans during a protest against an US drone attack in North-Waziristran tribal agency, in Multan, Pakistan, September 30, 2013. (EPA/STR)

Amnesty International released a report Tuesday detailing civilian deaths in Pakistan by drone strikes - killings which they believe "may amount to war crimes or extrajudicial executions". The human rights organisation called for further investigation into the potentially unlawful killings. 

The report comes ahead of a Wednesday meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Barack Obama. Prime Minister Sharif has reportedly promised to raise the drone issue at that time. US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told Al Jazeera that US officials are reviewing the report.
 
Many tweeting from Pakistan praised the Amnesty report.
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