LAHORE, Pakistan, June 30 (UPI) -- Federal authorities should take measures to stop drone attacks in Pakistan if they are carried out without formal approval, a Lahore court said Wednesday.
A Lahore court Wednesday called on the government to take appropriate measures to halt strikes by unmanned drones in Pakistan if they aren't approved by Islamabad, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reports.
The court was responding to a petition that said drone strikes were a violation of national sovereignty.
Legal scholars at the United Nations and leading academic institutions question whether Washington is acting within the bounds of international law by launching attacks on militant targets in countries not at war with the United States.
Drone attacks have increased under the authority of U.S. President Barack Obama, notably inside Pakistan. The CIA, a civilian entity, said it is acting according to the code of law in carrying out the strikes.
Al-Qaida in late May verified that its leader Mustafa Abu Yazid was killed in a missile attack. Intelligence agencies suggested the terrorist leader was killed in Pakistan by a missile fired from a U.S. drone.
Two missiles believed fired Tuesday by an unmanned drone struck a village in the tribal regions of Pakistan, killing militants including Hamza al-Jufi, an Egyptian allied with al-Qaida.