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Drones and the Future of Armed ConflictEthical, Legal, and Strategic Implications$
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David Cortright, Rachel Fairhurst, and Kristen Wall

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226258058

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226258195.001.0001

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The Myth of Precision

The Myth of Precision

Human Rights, Drones, and the Case of Pakistan

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(p.199) Chapter Twelve The Myth of Precision
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Drones and the Future of Armed Conflict
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Rafia Zakaria

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226258195.003.0012

This chapter focuses on the broader social consequences of drone strikes in Pakistan. It examines the population displacement effects of U.S. drone strikes and Pakistani government military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Area. The combined effects of drone strikes and government military attacks have driven people from their homes, forcing many Pashtuns to move from Northern Pakistan to cities in the south, especially Karachi. The result has been a shift in population and an increase in tensions between Pashtuns and other ethnic groups in the southern part of the country. The consequences of this displacement include increased militancy and social strife in Karachi and a rising incidence of terrorist bombings in the country. The chapter widens the discussion of human rights impacts beyond the right to life to encompass the principle of a “right to home,” also known as the right to remain.

Keywords:   Pakistan, Waziristan, Pashtuns, Karachi, ISF, displacement, right to home, Tehreek-e-Taliban

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