Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday accepted an application for early hearing where the petitioner has approached the court against the transfer of an FIR from Islamabad to FATA that is registered against the former CIA station chief in Islamabad Jonathan Banks for killing of people in a drone attack. The IHC bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui adjourned the hearing in this matter till second week of June and directed an additional attorney general and advocate general Islamabad to appear before the court for its assistance.

It was April 7, 2015 when the same IHC bench had third time directed inspector general (IG) of Islamabad police to register an FIR against the former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks and former CIA legal counsel John A Rizzo.

Secretariat police station registered the FIR but later it was transferred to the FATA Secretariat.

Petitioner Karim Khan in his application has asserted that Secretariat police station had no jurisdiction to transfer the case. He has prayed to the court to direct Secretariat police to initiate proceedings on the basis of FIR.

Prior to April 7, 2015, the IHC bench on June 05, 2014 had directed police to register FIR against the former CIA officials for their alleged involvement in drone attacks in the matter of Karim Khan whose brother and a son had died in a drone strike.

Karim Khan, a resident of North Waziristan Agency, had lost his teenage son Zahinullah and brother Asif Iqbal, a primary school teacher in Mirali, in the drone strike on 31st December 2009.