FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2010, file photo, Pakistani tribal youth Saadullah Wazir, who reportedly lost his legs in a drone attack, sits during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)
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People in Pakistan who live under the threat of U.S. drone strikes see a double standard at work in Washington.Last week, President Barack Obama took the unusual step of acknowledging and apologizing for a highly secret U.S. drone strike that accidentally killed an American and an Italian aid worker held captive by al-Qaida in Pakistan. The U.S. government said their families would be compensated.Drone-strike survivors and family members of innocent Pakistani victims, lawyers and government officials in Pakistan asked why those victims don't also warrant an apology and compensation from the United States. Kaleem-ur-Rehman says his grandmother was killed and he and eight other family members were wounded in a suspected U.S. drone strike Oct. 24, 2012, in the North Waziristan tribal region along the Afghan border -- once the headquarters of Pakistani and al-Qaida linked foreign militants.The U.S. is generally secretive about drone strikes, but Obama last week took full responsibility for the January CIA strikes and expressed regret for the deaths of hostages Warren Weinstein, an American, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian.Akbar, the lawyer, says he represents families of nearly 50 civilians killed in the U.S. drone strikes -- all of them awaiting apologies and compensation.
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