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FIR to be registered against former CIA station chief: IHC

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday ordered to file a First Information Report (FIR) against former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) station leader Jonathan Banks for the bereavement of two tribesmen in a US drone attack.

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The order issued by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique while hearing a petition registered by Haji Abdul Karim Khan who is a resident of the North Waziristan tribal area.

During in-cameral hearing, the IHC issued order for the third time Inspector General (IG) Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan to file an FIR against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks on a request by Karim Khan who has been looking for registration of a case against the American official over brutality which caused lives of his son and brother.

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IG opined that in case an FIR was filed against the former CIA station chief it may affect diplomatic relations between Pakistan and America. He was of the view that the Foreign Office was also a party in the matter and it was necessary to know its position.

However, the IHC enquired IG to file the FIR with Islamabad’s Secretariat Police Station and submit a report to the court within two days.

Earlier, in the previous two hearing of the case, the IHC had asked IG to file an FIR against Banks; however, the court’s was never acted upon.

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