Congress to hear from drone survivors for first time

U.S. lawmakers will hear testimony from survivors of an alleged drone strike for the first time in history when three Pakistani citizens appear before Congress on Tuesday morning to describe an attack that killed their 67-year-old matriarch in Pakistan last year.
Pakistani Schoolteacher Rafiq ur Rehman and his two children – 9 year-old daughter Nabila and 13 year-old son Zubair – traveled on the invitation of Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., to Washington, where they will provide their accounts of the alleged drone attack that killed Rafiq’s mother, Momina Bibi, and injured the two children in the remote tribal region of North Waziristan last October.
The family, shocked by the attack which appeared to target a 67-year-old midwife, wants answers from Congress, and, encouraged by prominent anti-drone activist and Rehman’s lawyer Shahzad Akbar, earned an invitation from Rep. Grayson to appear at the hearing.

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Photo: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

Congress to hear from drone survivors for first time

U.S. lawmakers will hear testimony from survivors of an alleged drone strike for the first time in history when three Pakistani citizens appear before Congress on Tuesday morning to describe an attack that killed their 67-year-old matriarch in Pakistan last year.

Pakistani Schoolteacher Rafiq ur Rehman and his two children – 9 year-old daughter Nabila and 13 year-old son Zubair – traveled on the invitation of Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., to Washington, where they will provide their accounts of the alleged drone attack that killed Rafiq’s mother, Momina Bibi, and injured the two children in the remote tribal region of North Waziristan last October.

The family, shocked by the attack which appeared to target a 67-year-old midwife, wants answers from Congress, and, encouraged by prominent anti-drone activist and Rehman’s lawyer Shahzad Akbar, earned an invitation from Rep. Grayson to appear at the hearing.

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Photo: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images