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In this post, we examine the various attacks on the sovereignty of Pakistan (e.g. Drone attacks, land attacks and more), highlighting their backgrounds, harms & implications on Pakistan, and on the war against terror.
Since 9/11, Pakistan has been an ardent supporter of war against terror and has been a useful ally to USA under all circumstances (at the heavy cost of valuable lives and economy). However, the same “ally” is now being called the haven of terrorists and its sovereignty is constantly being violated through air and ground strikes at the hands of NATO, ISAF and USA. This has been continued even though Pakistani officials and army have pleaded that the strikes are causing more harm than good.
Probably the most offensive of these strikes took place yesterday (26th November, 2011 at 2:00 a.m. PST) at the hands of NATO. Furthermore, it was directed (without any provocation) at a MILITARY CAMP rather than a terrorist spot, killing 24 soldiers and injuring another 13.
DRONE ATTACKS SPAWNING SUICIDE BOMBING IN PAKISTAN:
The first of these cursed attacks came in 2004, killing about 5 people. The number of drone attacks gradually rose. In 2010 alone, there were a total of 118 attacks, killing about 1000 people.
After such massive figures, we must question: Did these drone attacks do any good?
The greatest “ADVANTAGE” these drone attacks served was the momentous rise in the number of suicide bombers in Pakistan. In 2003, about 190 people were killed in such suicide attacks. However, in 2009 alone, the number of people who died in these attacks was about 12,000.
Why was it that drone attacks have caused production of suicide bombers in Pakistan???
The answer is simple. If a person loses his family member in an attack; he would want revenge for it. Since USA army isn’t here, such a person from the family of the victim would take revenge from Pakistan instead as they have supported USA in this purpose, causing so many suicide bombers to form.
Following an attack on a peaceful Jirgah killing 48 tribesmen including 6 tribal elders, Malak Gulabat Khan, a leader of a similar tribe, said the same thing explicitly in the TV Show “Capital Talk” (on April 19th, 2011), and further added that revenge is the way of their tribes and there would be no forgiveness for Pakistan and American forces.
LINK: (See the video at 21:40)
ROLE OF PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT IN DRONE ATTACKS:
We can not consider Pakistani government innocent in this aspect. Their hypocrisy is very obvious as on one side, they “condemned” the drone attacks; but on the other hand they took no practical step to stop them, and also stated that they do not care for collateral damage accompanying the attacks. It has also been stated that Pakistani government has officially granted permission for these attacks to take place, and the drones also take off from Pakistani air bases.
In this news report (LINK: http://articles.cnn.com/2010-12-01/us/wikileaks.pakistan.drones_1_drone-attacks-predator-strikes-interior-minister-rehman-malik?_s=PM:US ) WikiLeaks stated that Pakistani government quietly approved drone attacks.
We share an interesting abstract from an article to support our words.
"CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden and his deputy, Stephen Kappes, had gone to meet with Zardari to gauge his reaction to the drone strikes, which were generating widespread protests in Pakistan. According to Woodward's account of the meeting, Zardari said: "Kill the seniors. Collateral damage worries you Americans. It does not worry me." Hayden had told Zardari that "many Westerners, including some U.S. passport holders, had been killed five days earlier on the Kam Sham training camp in the tribal area of North Warziristan," Woodward writes. "But the CIA would not reveal the particulars due to the implications under American law." "
More details here: http://www.pakistanideology.com/pakistan-news/asif-zardari-authorized-cia-to-kill-pakistanis-with-usdrone-missiles-the-washington-post/
9/11 AS AN INSIDE JOB & THE ABOTTABAD OPERATION TO GRAB OSAMA BIN LADEN:
Just as 9/11 was an inside job of USA, so was the operation to grab Osama bin Laden from Abottabad.
Excluding the details of undeniable conspiracy theories on 9/11, it is worth mentioning that Bin Laden officially said he wasn't behind the attacks [CNN September 16, 2001].
A few days after this denial, all other poor quality video/audio tapes started emerging which were found to be fakes by experts
See the news report here: http://articles.cnn.com/2001-09-16/us/inv.binladen.denial_1_bin-laden-taliban-supreme-leader-mullah-mohammed-omar?_s=PM:US.
Now, speaking of Osama’s alleged “capture” from Pakistan, a documentary states that the intelligence was highly in doubt that Laden was in Abottabad, yet Obama ordered the go-ahead and the operation was carried out without Pakistan’s prior permission or approval, violating Pakistan’s sovereignty.
This puts the entire operation in doubt, revealing it as an inside job and a case of willful violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, further reinforced by the fact that NO DEFINITE PROOF OF OSAMA’s CAPTURE WAS PROVIDED. He might as well as not have been there, as the intelligence reported.
See the news report here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2032028/Targeting-Bin-Laden-Documentary-claims-raid-nearly-called-minute.html
NATO’s ATTACK ON PAKISTANI MILITARY CAMP:
By far, this was one of the most offensive attacks on Pakistan, killing 24 soldiers and wounding another 13. It took place yesterday on 26th November, 2011 at 2:00 a.m. PST.
Killing the soldiers of a nation in an unprovoked attack is a serious crime which can not be tolerated. They are not only damaging for Pakistan but are also causing further uproar against USA, NATO etc, and this uproar is certainly justified. If these attacks are not stopped, hatred for USA shall further prevail in the hearts of Pakistanis
THE ABSOLUTE VERDICT:
The drone attacks to supposedly take out the terrorists in Pakistan have done no good; they have merely caused a rise in suicidal bomb attacks in Pakistan (as proved above). Hence, the overall damage to Pakistan in the war on terror has been the loss of about 35,000 lives and $70 million, and these figures are rising as USA & NATO continue the attacks.
It is time that the government of Pakistan stops its two-faced hypocrisy and that the USA understands the implications of the good-for-nothing drone attacks and ceases them (assuming that it is loyal to its ally Pakistan). It will not only help democracy and peace in Pakistan but will also eliminate the hatred against USA and help USA in achieving its motives in an easier way.
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