The British Government has said that a potential court hearing regarding U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan would risk denting ties among the three countries.
A Pakistani man, Noor Khan, whose father was killed in a drone strike in 2011, has asked the British high court to examine whether British intelligence officials assisted the CIA managed weapons system, reports The Express Tribune.
A foreign office lawyer, however, told the high court that if a judge allows Khan’s application for a full hearing into the CIA’s drone programme, intelligence sharing with the U.S. would be put at risk. Earlier, the court said that media reports suggested that the signals intelligence agency GCHQ passes information in support of CIA drone operations in Pakistan, even though the UK government declines to comment on it.
The foreign secretary’s lawyers had said that they would neither confirm nor deny any intelligence-sharing activities, as it would be “prejudicial to the national interest”.