From The Wall Street Journal:
The complaint, filed in Pakistan, accuses unnamed U.S. officials of murder and terrorism
By Qasim Nauman | May 29, 2016 3:20 p.m. ET
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The family of a taxi driver who was killed alongside Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike has registered a case with Pakistani police against unnamed American officials over the attack.
A U.S. drone strike on this vehicle on May 21 killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour and the driver of the vehicle. The family of the driver filed a case against the U.S., accusing unnamed officials of murder. Photo: Zuma Press
Mullah Mansour was killed on May 21 in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province after he entered the country from Iran. Pakistani officials and family members said he hired the vehicle in the Pakistani border town of Taftan, and driver Muhammad Azam had no links to any militant group.
Mr. Azam’s brother Muhammad Qasim filed the complaint, called a First Information Report, on Wednesday, accusing “U.S. officials” of murder, terrorism and damage to property, Balochistan Police spokesman Shahzada Farhat said.
“My brother was innocent, and very poor. His four children are very young, and he was the family’s sole breadwinner,” Mr. Qasim said in his complaint.
“I seek justice, and legal action against the American entities responsible,” Mr. Qasim said, adding that he didn’t know the names of the U.S. officials behind the drone strike. He said his brother picked up a passenger from Taftan on May 21, who Mr. Qasim later discovered was a person who gave his name as Muhammad Wali.
There’s more at the link. The story states that we did not notify the Pakistani government of the drone strike, and that the Pakistani government was displeased by this:
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday described the strike against Mullah Mansour as “illegal, unjustified, unacceptable, against Pakistan’s independence and sovereignty, and completely against the U.N. Charter and international law.”
In August of 1998, we did notify Pakistan of an impending strike against Osama bin Laden. From the September 11 Commission Report, Section 4.2: August 1998:
By the early hours of the morning of August 20, President Clinton and all his principal advisers had agreed to strike Bin Ladin camps in Afghanistan near Khowst, as well as hitting al Shifa. The President took the Sudanese tannery off the target list because he saw little point in killing uninvolved people without doing significant harm to Bin Ladin. The principal with the most qualms regarding al Shifa was Attorney General Reno. She expressed concern about attacking two Muslim countries at the same time. Looking back, she said that she felt the “premise kept shifting.”
Later on August 20, Navy vessels in the Arabian Sea fired their cruise missiles. Though most of them hit their intended targets, neither Bin Ladin nor any other terrorist leader was killed. Berger told us that an after-action review by Director Tenet concluded that the strikes had killed 20-30 people in the camps but probably missed Bin Ladin by a few hours. Since the missiles headed for Afghanistan had had to cross Pakistan, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was sent to meet with Pakistan’s army chief of staff to assure him the missiles were not coming from India. Officials in Washington speculated that one or another Pakistani official might have sent a warning to the Taliban or Bin Ladin.
Had we notified Pakistan that such a drone strike was coming, it is not at all improbable that a Taliban-sympathizer in the Pakistani government would have notified the Taliban, and the Taliban leader would still be alive.
So, a taxi driver was killed? That’s unfortunate, but, you know what: I don’t care. Just like we didn’t really care that innocent women and children were killed when German factories were bombed, because that was necessary to win the war, and just as sensible Americans — a description which excludes President Obama — don’t really care that some wholly innocent Japanese incinerated at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we must do the things necessary to win the war against the Islamists.