Pakistan Court Orders Government to Produce Anti-Drone Activist Who Was Abducted Ahead of a Trip to Europe

Judge ordered Interior Ministry to prove the activist is safe


A court in Pakistan on Wednesday ordered authorities to produce an anti-drone activist abducted just days before he was due to travel to Europe to meet lawmakers, in a case that spotlights citizens' distrust of the unmanned aircraft and government security forces.

Drones have long been an irritant in relations between Pakistan and the United States, which prizes them for their accuracy in killing al-Qaida and Taliban militants. But Pakistan says they kill civilians and infringe its sovereignty.