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Tuesday 12th
posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

Jalal arrives in Britain to try to stop manhunt

A MAN who believes he is named on the government’s secret kill list travelled to Britain yesterday in a plea to ministers to stop trying to kill him with drone strikes.

Malik Jalal said he has been targeted four times by British and US forces for his role on a peace committee based in Waziristan, on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

He sent a letter to Tory Home Secretary Theresa May — who oversees MI5 and the National Crime Agency (NCA) — detailing the effects of the manhunt on him, his family and his colleagues in the North Waziristan Peace Committee (NWPC).

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Britain and the US are trying to kill him with Hellfire missiles because intelligence agents believe that  the NWPC offers a safe haven to the Taliban.

Mr Jalal says he works to bring peace between the Taliban and Pakistani government. 

He said: “Whenever there is an attack, dispute or fighting in the village, I am the first person to go there to try to resolve the situation. 

“I had a role to improve security and we were making progress, that’s why I think Americans targeted us.”

He also copied Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond — who oversees GCHQ and MI6 — into the letter, as well as the US ambassador.

He asked for meetings to clear his name after being told by authority figures in his region that he is marked for bombing.

This comes after the Star reported yesterday that Britain and the US have kept such a list since 2001, which names suspected militants, drug traffickers and paedophiles who are targeted without being put on trial for allegations against them, according to human rights charity Reprieve.

Mr Jalal was invited by former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord Ken MacDonald to make a plea to parliamentarians and the government.

Reprieve, which authored the Britain’s Kill List report, is calling for an immediate full inquiry headed by Mr Cameron.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights is scheduled to issue its own report on transparency in the British use of drones soon.

Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith said: “It is horrifying that in the 21st century we have drawn up a list of people we want to kill. 

“For a country that loudly proclaims its opposition to the death penalty even after a fair trial, the notion that we would execute him without a trial at all is stunningly hypocritical.”