Answering ‘what’ ‘where’ ‘when’ ‘whom’ and ‘how’ and ‘why of an incident is job of journalist in an objective manner. Had adopted a balanced approach almost always and left on the readers to decide what is right and what is wrong giving both sides of the picture but today aspire to give direction to readers about this hypocritical attitude of USA in unilateral Drone attacks within the Pakistani territory.
Where are the Human Rights activists, where are the promoters of International Law and where United Nations Security Council burying its head in hatchet. America is topping the position in all three fields apparently; so to answer “why” need to inquire where they are engaged when the International boundries of Pakistan are being ruthlessly violated and NATO helicopters are intruding and killing innocent Pakistanis on pretext of speculative presence of militants in tribal areas of Pakistan.
What an irony!!! when they kill it is self-defense or preemptive measures and when we kill we are terrorists. How is that only Americans live and have right on this earth and rest of the world does not have right of living. 180 Million people are left with no integrity & self respect. I had to say “unfortunately” oil tankers on ablaze and closure of the Pakistan- Afghanistan Torkhum boarder from where supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan are sent; has proved that it is impossible for US to align Pakistani way of thinking in accordance with their longings. Four aerial violation in less than a week, killing soldiers, reacting to the incident, partial shut down of NATO supply route and lodged a protest with the NATO command in Brussels, demanding an apology has united the nation and their fury can be witnessed against America. According to PEW research out of 10, 6 Pakistanis are against America and these aerial violations and drones have aggravated the situation. Now 10 might think that America is behind the deteriorating situation in Pakistan.
No more revealing fact is most of the Americans are unaware of the political game on pretext of “self-defence”. They themselves have been played by their government for long. According to one of my American friend Tommy Schmitz writer of a book “Tokyo Twins”
I wonder how well the US general population understands these clear feelings that, I would think, most Pakistanis have. I am totally against violence, ever. And have objected to our “retaliations” for 9/11 since early 2003 (yep, I am a slow learner sometimes). But I am totally in favor of the sharing of feelings among large populations who are clueless about each other. And in this case, and from this side of things, my guess is that the average American doesn’t know *anything* about Pakistan or Pakistanis.
He himself is naive in understanding the fact that what and how Pakistanis suffer when a drone or a suicide bomber ruthlessly murder the several dozen Pakistanis in time of clicking fingers. Bereaved families comprising of youth and infants and women surely do not have feelings of the love and affections for those who were involved in martyrdom of their beloved ones furthermore their sufferings are neither addressed nor even articulated. Leaving them in quagmires of plethora of problems will start unending chain on sufferings. Thus when i pronounce that Unilateral Drone attacks by NATO forces and Talibanisation are intertwined; i have strong footings to back it.
All the American minds are not yet polluted with the insinuating media reports against the militant dwelling in safe heavens of Pakistani tribal areas. Communicating with such people who have helped in time of Earth quake and now supporting flood ridden people of Pakistan in hardest times of history; always raise brows what are the elements pronouncing America as vigilante in whole world and Why. Also why America is involved in killing and murdering innocent people knowing enemies are increasing, only power can not be impetus… there is something that smells..
I have never denied the fact of presence of militants or Talibans in Pakistan; but always argued for a small number of people why to push whole nation or country into hell? Several examples are present to second my statement in history of world. Moreover Pakistan is a heterogeneous society with variety of cultural and societal norms; with different set of perceptions. Time has passed to compromised conscience and adopting a quiet approach; America is breeding of Talibans by killing innocent civilians with drones or direct violation. The vaccum created after Soviet war; Talibans had no place to go; only then they started these activities or perhaps they were left to do so.
Pakistan and Pakistanis have been left backed-into-a-corner situation where USA is perpetuating their miseries; thus clearly not only producing Enemies for itself but ramifications Pakistan can face as after effects are far too dangerous. Being vulnerable Pakistanis become volatile and vengeful on being afflicted. America need to understand and to make the NATO forces understand that coercion is not only the solution for problems. But peaceful co-existence is not that old fashioned term to be applied.
I really want to salute the maturity of Pakistani government at least once for taking a strong stand to protect the sovereignty of Pakistan and it people. Pakistan has decided to only re-open a supply route for coalition troops in Afghanistan once public anger over NATO incursions eases and security improves. Whole nation request the government that Pakistan should not open the route till diplomatically it is vowed that these violations will not be repeated. Pakistan will be respected as front line ally in war on terror not mere slave to follow instructions.
Pakistan has already faced alot and no more capacity for further trials in pursuit of war on terror. We all have raised voice for Dr. Afia; hundreds of people in Pakistan are missing; suicide attacks; unstable political government and premonition of another military rule; above all slogans of “do more”. Pakistani government has got one chance to regain popularity by listening to masses and promoting their voice in international community as their representatives. We as nation do not want to be isolated also aspire for the lost dignity. Wish to see world a safer place and want to play an active role in making this world a better place with international community.