Drones attacks to continue
December 02, 2013
The so called national consensus has failed to prevent US drone attacks. Despite public agreement on all sides, there are leaders who are reluctant to condemn the drones attacks due to fear of losing “contacts” with the USA. The foreign office has failed because the Army doesn't want to internationalize the drone attacks issue which is violation of all international norms. Despite condemnation by international human rights organisations, the Pakistani parliament, Army, and the UN Secretary General, the menace of drone deaths continues. Due to its human rights violations and jingoistic policies, the US is the most hated country among the general public across the Muslim world and perhaps in Europe too. While the public condemns the drone attacks, there is an elite segment of population which doesn't mind drones deaths as long as the US dollars keep flowing in and their jobs are guaranteed. Chaudhry Nisar appears to be taking a line against his own Establishment. While Sharif has kept a low tone on the issue, he has raised it on all forums. Nisar who had the task to initiate the talks with the Taliban, blamed the US for sabotaging it and warned that the nation has to stop relying on US aid if it wants to take a bold step to stop the drones.
The JI leader Munawar Hussain is right when he says that our leaders are spineless and fear the US, but it is easy for him to take this stance since he is in the opposition. He is one of the leaders who supported Imran Khan to stop the NATO supply trucks. The only leader who approves the drones is Altaf Hussain who thinks that they should continue as retaliation to the Taliban attacks. Altaf Hussain should know that the drones are not hitting those bombing mosques and churches, but innocent people. Both the US drones and Taliban groups are guilty of murdering innocent people. The policy is condemnable whether carried out by the Taliban or the US Army. The US appears guilty as their drones have sabotaged the chances of ending the deaths of innocent people. The Taliban have killed more innocent people in retaliation of drone attacks. The killing of Mehsud and ultimately giving Mulla Fazullaha, the hard headed Swat Taliban, a chance to lead is a sinister plot to plunge the country into anarchy. Mehsud and his groups were willing to negotiate peace, while Fazullaha doesn’t want any negotiations. He is right in a way as Nawaz Sharif’s Government is weak and has to follow directions - negotiations will only help the US gain more time to pin point more targets in Pakistan. The Taliban are not foolish enough and cannot be fooled again and again. The Pakistani political parties and the Government including the Army should clearly identify Taliban rebel groups and define a policy to crush them. Taliban, who are not Pakistan friendly or are pursuing an Indian agenda, should be decimated. The Indians have gained more by sitting on the fence rather than the Pakistan Army which has bled its self and the nation to death. The Indian Government has gained all the benefits including a civilian nuclear deal from the US and a long list of weapons from the Afghan Army to replenish its arsenals. The Afghan Army has very boldly rejected the offer by the Pakistan Army for training its officers and purchasing any amount of military hardware on credit. The Indians will be assisting the US shape the Afghan policy and keep the Afghan Army along the Pakistani borders in a state of friction.
The Pakistanis have not only offended the Talibans who have been fighting a war of liberation against foreign forces, but have also bred a Frankenstein which is now controlled by the Indian and US strings. The Afghan war is a bitter reminder that the US made a big blunder by wasting billions of dollars in a war that was never necessary. A few drone or marines would have done the job of clearing Al-Qaeda, while it foolishly activated its entire war machine including that of its allies, creating economic recession throughout the world. Despite hitting prized targets by using the new drone technology, the US and its NATO allies are the ultimate losers. While the losers will walk away wounded from Kabul, the Pakistani nation will have to lick the wounds of war for many decades. Imran Khan’s attempt to stop the drones will only earn him political points -the fact remains that Imran is totally ignoring the current changes occurring in the region due to Iran’s agreement with the Nato countries. This might open up new trade avenues in the region; obstructing Nato supplies and hindering in Afghan transit trade would not be beneficial for Pakistan. Imran should understand that the seven-month seizure of the Nato supplies after the Salalla attack did not cause any major harm to the US; rather they found alternate routes for transportation. Now they have a better alternate route from Hirrat to Chabahar, a brand new road built by the Indians, foreseeing a shift in the Transit Trade corridor. The Pakistani nation is running after politicians with no vision and the economy is so badly managed that it cannot afford to survive without foreign assistance. The drones cannot stop until the Pakistan Government takes a tough stand against the militants being harboured there. We have to get rid of double agents before we demand the US to end drone attacks and respect our sovereignty.