Pakistani physicians and experts say the US uses chemical
munitions in its non-UN-sanctioned drone strikes on Pakistan's
tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
Experts revealed that those Pakistani civilians who have come under
the unauthorized drone airstrike in Pakistan's troubled northwest have
been afflicted with complicated skin, eye and respiratory diseases due
to the deadly chemical materials used in the missiles, the Press TV
correspondent in Peshawar reported on Thursday.
According to journalists and experts from Waziristan that is a
mountainous region of northwest Pakistan which has often been the
focal point of US drone attacks, they have received numerous reports
from several people and local doctors pointing at the hazardous
effects of the ongoing drone attacks on the entire population.
"Since these drone strikes have been carried out, we have witnessed
several peculiar disease cases, and our press club have been
frequently visited by those complainants, who have developed skin and
bronchial diseases in the aftermath of drone airstrikes. I'd like to
add further that the agriculture and the livestock are also showing
pitiable condition," journalist Safdar Dawar told Press TV.
An expert from Waziristan says his daughter died of blood cancer soon
after she had developed a skin disease, which was no more than the
toxic effect of chemical substances used in the non-UN-sanctioned
"I myself lost my daughter, who was just 28 months old, she developed
a skin disease and later on she was diagnosed, within a month, with
blood cancer. At that time people were talking about the chemical
bombings being carried out. The same is the case now that wherever the
drone attacks are carried out, people in that area are complaining
about skin diseases, lung infections, throat infections and various
kinds of other diseases," Pakistani political expert Safiullah Gul
The report strikes at the heart of growing tension between the United
States and Pakistan over the US aerial attacks on Pakistani soil.
Washington claims the airstrikes target militants. However, the
attacks have killed hundreds of civilians in Pakistan since 2008,
local reports say.