J. Riaz Hussain
Global Politics Review
Vol. 4, no. 2 (October 2018): 113-124.
GPR ID: 2464-9929_v04_i02_p113
Received: March 12, 2018. Accepted: July 10, 2018. Published: October 31, 2018.
ABSTRACT: Introduction of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also called drones, by the United States to target militants and terrorists in order to eliminate threat posed to the US interests, resulted in criticism by various actors. The main hurdle that results in such response is the absence of clarity regarding the legitimacy, legality and efficacy of the use of automated weapons. Due to an exhaustive spree of strikes since 2004, highest in any zone so far, Pakistan assumed position as an essential case that confronted the issues emerging as a result. The paper attempts to highlight those issues and to identify the causes, understanding of which can encourage appropriate shifts in strategies, rules and norms governing neutralisation of militants with the help of unmanned weapons.
Keywords: Drones, Legitimacy, Efficacy, Criticism, Latent Irritants.