Tribal elder Malik Gulistan Khan died alongside four members of his family in the second drone strike of President Obama’s administration. The attack reportedly targeted the wrong house.
Khan was a tribal elder and a member of a local pro-government peace committee, family members later told researchers. His 18-year-old son Adnan said: ‘I lost my father, three brothers and my cousin.’ Adnan’s uncle added: ‘We did nothing, [we] have no connection to militants at all. Our family supported the government.’ Habib Khan, the brother of Malik Gulistan Khan, also said: ‘No one has accepted responsibility for this incident so far.’
A report was provided to the Center for Civilians in Conflict by the Assistant Political Agent of South Waziristan, and a local jirga requested the Pakistan government pay compensation for his death.
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Interview with Malik Gulistan Khan’s brother and son, Adnan (CIVIC); Daniel Klaidman (Kill or Capture) two unnamed Taliban, victim’s brother and nephew, two unnamed ISI officers (not by name – Foreign Policy); officials (not by name – BBC)