Islamabad: No Pakistani civilians were killed by US drones last year,a United Nations expert has said.

Ben Emmerson told reporters in Geneva that in 2013 Washington slashed its controversial use of the pilotless planes in Pakistan.

According to Dawn News, Emmerson, who monitors respect for human rights in counter-terrorism operations, said the total number of recorded strikes in 2013 was down to 27 from a peak of 128 in 2010.

He added that for the first time in nine years there were no reports of civilian casualties during 2013 in the FATA area of Pakistan, the report added.

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