21 August, 2014 / Shawwal 24, 1435
A key Pakistani Taliban commander, Mutaqi alias Bahadar Khan, was killed along with six suspected militants in the US drone strike Friday night in Shawal tehsil of North Waziristan, intelligence officials told Dawn.com on Saturday.—File Photo
A key Pakistani Taliban commander, Mutaqi alias Bahadar Khan, was killed along with six suspected militants in the US drone strike Friday night in Shawal tehsil of North Waziristan, intelligence officials told Dawn.com on Saturday.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR: Pakistan summoned the US Charge d’ Affaires, Ambassador Richard Hoagland to the Foreign Office on Saturday to register a strong protest against the latest US drone strike in North Waziristan on Friday.

“It was conveyed to the US Charge d’ Affaires that the Government of Pakistan strongly condemns the drone strikes which are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said a press release by the Pakistani Foreign Office.

“The importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes was emphasised,” it said.

Hoagland was summoned to the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Saturday evening on the instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s, and was handed a demarche in this regard, said a press release by the Pakistani Foreign Office.

Key Pakistani Taliban commander killed

A key Pakistani Taliban commander, Mutaqi alias Bahadar Khan, was killed along with six suspected militants in the US drone strike Friday night in Shawal tehsil of North Waziristan, intelligence officials told Dawn.com on Saturday.

Missiles from the US drone struck a suspected militant compound in Gubez village of North Waziristan’s Shawal tehsil when a pick-up truck arrived from the bordering area of Afghanistan around 9:00 pm.

According to intelligence intercepts, the militants led by Mutaqi alias Bahadar Khan were planning to cross over into Afghanistan via Pash Ziarat valley, a strategic corridor linking the South and North Waziristan Agency and considered a gateway to Afghanistan.

The Pash Ziarat valley is considered a strategic area previously controlled by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants.

Friday’s drone strike was the first such attack since Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif was sworn in as prime minister earlier this week.

In his inaugural address to parliament, Sharif called for an end to US drone strikes on Pakistani soil, which many view as a breach of Pakistan's sovereignty.

The bombing came 10 days after a similar US drone attack killed the Pakistani Taliban's second-in-command, Waliur Rehman, and six others in a major blow to the militant group.

President Barack Obama said last month the United States would scale back drone strikes, only using them when a threat was “continuing and imminent”.

—With reporting by Zahir Shah Sherazi in Peshawar.

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fida sayani
Jun 08, 2013 05:22pm

First learn to stop taking dollars from USA and second have a national Army who is there to protect the nations frontiers. I can assure you USA will think twice before using the drones.

nadeem
Jun 08, 2013 05:35pm

I don't see no logic for the protests against the Drones.The Drones kill the Talibans who kill you in your own country.If you are not capable enough to kill them,let USA do that task.

Khalid
Jun 08, 2013 05:40pm

These drones are slow and do not fly at very high altitude. What the heck is PAF doing? Why not shoot these drones. If Nawaz Sheriff is serious, he needs to put USA at a notice. I bet you our surface to air missiles can take these drones out too.

SPar
Jun 08, 2013 05:52pm

DRAMA as usual.

gilzai
Jun 08, 2013 05:54pm

PM, Nawaz Shareef should be thankful that US is doing his country's dirty job of getting rid of enemies of mankind.

Mir
Jun 08, 2013 05:54pm

Pesons killed by drone were milatants. thanku USA

shuaib
Jun 08, 2013 06:26pm

Had world tried war criminals like Bush, and his poodles; Tony blair and John Howard, the World would have been a peaceful place by now.

Gohar
Jun 08, 2013 06:26pm

If they dont want to stop the drones then we should stop their supplies through Pakistan and let them take back throught Central Asia and through Russia.

Also, I think its high time we start shooting down a couple of these drones just to prove a point!

ailly
Jun 08, 2013 06:33pm

Indeed this is good sign for a nation under attack from USA drones. I believe, if drones can be tamed PML will continue to rule the country for a longer period ( PML need to do democratic work within party by way of shifting powerful seats to non-family members).

Drones are a nuisance to long term peace in the region, this may sound an early call, but we need to put down at least 1 or 2 drones and then release press statement saying "it was a mistake" as was done earlier by US-led NATO forces who deliberately murdered our 24 jawans at Salalah check-post and later they apologized when their arm was twisted to do so ( nato supply was cut off ). Let them have doze of their medicine.

Second option remains open, cut off UN forces supply-line for once and all. Our army may act without prejudice in this respect, but we need to protect our civilians first then we should talk about our sovereignty, whereas the message to other world is going vice versa. We should prioritize civilians safety first and secondary talks should be about our sovereignty and integrity. So make this set of order loud and clear to all concerns

We, as nation need to re-group and back our Government for better governance and peaceful environment, which will not only help us move ahead but it will create an atmosphere of foreign investment. Lastly, we can undo and clear out TTP & Co. in a ruthless manner, or else negotiate with them. In either option we need to get the drones stopped first with immediate effect to get peace in our country for our own people just forget about whose war is this, for the time being.

Once drones are no more, many Taliban factions will support Pak Army and Govt alike to eliminate any or all of the active groups. Peace had a price, pay it now or learn to live with drones. Choice in ours, endless slavery of fresh pride.

No point in lodging protest(s), need to go all out with the voice of our nation and make it clear like that no more drones within Pak territorial boundaries. USA claims itself as the largest democracy, let it deal the situation democratically within their own folds of security and diplomacy, no way we will let them test more drones at the cost of our lives.

To many, above may sound like impossible but we need to let others feel we are a living nation not dead bodies. After all, all political in the elections followed PTI's slogan for marching forward into a new or naya Pakistan and lets make this situation as our first stop

iqbal
Jun 08, 2013 06:57pm

I do not understand why Pakistan does not shoot down the drones. It can happen by mistake or a soldier who can be punished. But that hero will solve this problem. Mr. Nawaz Sharif needs to take a stand and stop this for the good of usa. USA government does not know what they are doing in this case. In future some other strong country can use drines on us in USA and what excuse can be given.

Ragu
Jun 08, 2013 07:06pm

Pakistan and Pakistanis always protest and lodge complaints against drone attacks. Why not also stop the militants operating from within Pakistan and waging war against others? Why should others in neighborhood of Pakistan, put up with the death of their citizens at the hands of militants operating from Pakistani territories? Since Pakistan is both unable and unwilling to get rid of militancy, and has not demonstrated sincerity in its preventing non-state militants, are others expected to tolerate casualties at the hands of Pakistan based militants? What is wrong in killing those who wage a violent war (holy or not does not matter)? A sovereign nation like Pakistan also has certain responsibilities when it comes to not waging war against others, when it wants its territorial integrity to be respected. Just check the number of Al Queda masterminds who have been tracked and killed while they lived in Pakistan. If ones permits a country to cause death and destruction to other nations, one is waging a war and hence one should expect retaliations. You can not wage war and expect peaceful reactions in return.

NASAH (USA)
Jun 08, 2013 07:08pm

Did they get Hakeemullah or not?

asgher
Jun 08, 2013 07:11pm

shoot the drones down or at least fire a small rocket to try to shoot it... There has been no actions and only hollow words from Government towards US

Pakistani
Jun 08, 2013 07:10pm

What's the point of protesting in the parliament

malick
Jun 08, 2013 07:19pm

First Pakistan must control/defeat militant and let America to watch it.If Pakistan is unable and incompetent to kill militant than the logic to stop America action against militant is no logic. America is using drone to kill the militant not against the sovereignty of Pakistan. This militancy is not created by America or any one else, this is created by Pakistan and Pakistan has to end it. No Pakistani can end it until Moulana JUI is there, Mr Karzai is there. Pakistan need M operation.

asif
Jun 08, 2013 07:20pm

Terrorists were killed and Pakistan is protesting. I guess Pakistan is a terrorist country after all.

asif
Jun 08, 2013 07:25pm

@iqbal: Pakistan is a bankrupt country that cannot survive without IMF loans, US aid and could never handle US sanctions. The IMF is funded by countries like the US. Look at Iran and North Korea, those nations are much more self sufficient and industrialized than Pakistan yet they are crippled under US sanctions, what will Pakistan do if the US really decided to strangle it?

me
Jun 08, 2013 07:25pm

@fida sayani: We are doing your dirty work for you for free. You harbored Bin Laden, we will never forget.

me
Jun 08, 2013 07:26pm

@shuaib: Bin Laden was caught in your backyard, which makes you people criminals. Why dont you clean up your terrorists yourself.

Dr. K. K fakhta
Jun 08, 2013 07:30pm

According to Bob Woodward's book Obama's wars, the drones actually take off from secret airbases in Pakistan. The PPP government shut down one of these airbases - the one at Jacobabad which had been leased to Abu Dhabi and which they on lent to USA. The question is have ALL the airbases now been shut down, If they have not then the "new Sherif in town" should get this done. It is not necessary to talk about shooting down the drones, as a frist step the Governemnt should stop them from flyingfrom our own soil. Of course they should mdo this mif they seriously believe that the net effect of drone strikes is negative. If they think as seemed to be the impression that the previous government gave that there was net advantage of continuing with these strikes, then let us stop playing thie game of charades.,

Rohan Hayath
Jun 08, 2013 07:35pm

@gilzai: ...and killing our Pakistani people as-well! Over 2000 civilians killed by the drones. Are you saying that because militants are being killed, civilian life isn't important? Please, shut up. It angers me when people support drones but don't even know the full story.

mike
Jun 08, 2013 07:40pm

I don't understand what is point of protest as the drone fly from their own bases?

SA
Jun 08, 2013 07:40pm

Beggers trying to be chosers

g
Jun 08, 2013 07:43pm

Excellent news and great work by the US. Thank you and keep it up.

Pakistani
Jun 08, 2013 07:46pm

PTT are menace why would you need them in Pakistan by stopping drones.

sali
Jun 08, 2013 07:49pm

Is Nawaz asking any innocent victims of TTP bombing if they want drone attacks stopped? We need more drone attacks to get Malala's attackers and TTP's leaders

Tante Merkel
Jun 08, 2013 07:52pm

Obama is the real prime minister of pakistan, not Nawaz Sharif. There fore Obama can do, what he want to do. Nawaz can not stop him for drone strikes. Do you know that?

Kamran
Jun 08, 2013 07:55pm

Cannot stop drone attacks until Pak army says so. They have the radar systems and aircraft to stop drones, so why don't they do it.? Who is pointing out the hiding places of these militants out for drone attacks? Must be some US agents aka Dr. Shakil Afridi on the ground!!

truehuman
Jun 08, 2013 08:00pm

Thumbs Up to USA.Kill them all and make the world free from violence.These militants are the root cause for all the pain and suffering.Good job america

khurram
Jun 08, 2013 08:01pm

shoot one down and then talk .. there's no point in talking to amereecans without action.

jg
Jun 08, 2013 08:13pm

something for the berieved families to cheer about.another of their killers has died.Insha Allah, time is near for the TTP king pin.

think
Jun 08, 2013 08:23pm

drone success stories seem very tailored now when people are expecting an end to drone strikes they are very efficiently killing key TTP leaders , complete crap.

Ahmed
Jun 08, 2013 08:25pm

So, a key taliban leader along with six militants is killed. Thus saving the lives of the many Pakistanis these individuals would otherwise have killed. And the only reaction the Pakistani government is capable of is to protest the killing of these criminals! If the Pakistani government and elite sincerely values the lives of "ordinary Pakistanis" they should be thanking the US for this. If the Pakistani government is serious about "sovereignty", it should have years ago killed these "militants" who claim an elected government is "unIslamic" and seek to become the unelected rulers of Pakistan.

muzammil ullah khan
Jun 08, 2013 08:35pm

Why are we protesting against drones when they are actually killing the TTP commanders and other militants ? If the US is helping us with the drones we need not protest as we cant do ourselves what Americans are doing for us . We should be requesting the Americans for killing all the TTP commanders including Hakim ullah Mehsud . These guys are cruel bandits and need to be eliminated . We should think about it seriously and dont get carried away by emotions which are quite misplaced . We should remember that the TTP drones (suicide bombers) have killed about 50,000 innocent Pakistanis and that is a huge loss compared to the about 2000 killed by American drones . Let's get real .

NKDurrani
Jun 08, 2013 08:47pm

We keep on talking about sovereignty , Talibans have established an autocratic rule, a Sheikhdom in North Waziristan. Hakeem ullah calls the shots .Either we go in with full force to finish him off or let American drones do it for us. Telling Pakistani people that talibans would sit down with our leaders & negotiate, is a fallacy. Besides, Americans would do what they think is in the best interest of their country.Someone saying that we should shoot down drones,what if Americans start protecting their drones with their fighter planes ? Are we strong enough to face USAF ? We better wake up to reality.

luqman
Jun 08, 2013 08:46pm

a venture of strong action is imperative against drone strike at this juncture .all what is going on is in america,s interest not in common interest .our relation with america is a pure loss of sovereignty ,security,and economy

Abbas
Jun 08, 2013 09:07pm

Thank you USA for doing our dirty job. The sane people of Pakistan either in Pakistan or overseas are glad that your drones are getting rid of this mafia funded by S.A and others. Of course the new government wont like it because their masters will stop the free money coming to them soon. Everything has a price.

Imran
Jun 08, 2013 09:11pm

Pakistan has to stop the hollow protests (drama for public consumption) and join in the momentum along with the USA to eradicate the nuisance of these outlaws (TTP). One can understand a protest when innocent civilians are the casualties, but here the protests are louder when a known leader of the criminals is killed. Hard to understand this mentality !

zzz
Jun 08, 2013 09:17pm

@iqbal: They are called stealth drone for s resin..you cannot spot them :)

khalid
Jun 08, 2013 09:21pm

@Mir: VERY TRUE

khalid
Jun 08, 2013 09:18pm

@gilzai: VERY VERY TRUE

khalid
Jun 08, 2013 09:21pm

@fida sayani: this is a 50 years plan madam, drones are justife terrorists has been killed in these attacks, thanks to US , they are cleaning our soil from these terrorists

khalid
Jun 08, 2013 09:27pm

@shuaib: had world tried Osama, Hakkem Mahsood, Fazal ur Rahman, Hamid Meer, Sami ul Haq,Absar Alam, they are all terrorists

khalid
Jun 08, 2013 09:26pm

@NASAH (USA): they will get

Ahmer
Jun 08, 2013 09:35pm

Bahadur Khan belonged to TTP that has killed thousands of innocent Pakistanis. Why are we even protesting and that too in such strong language?

ailly
Jun 08, 2013 09:37pm

Indeed this is good sign for a nation under attack from USA drones. I believe, if drones can be tamed PML will continue to rule the country for a longer period ( PML need to do democratic work within party by way of shifting powerful seats to non-family members).

Drones are a nuisance to long term peace in the region, this may sound an early call, but we need to put down at least 1 or 2 drones and then release press statement saying "it was a mistake" as was done earlier by US-led NATO forces who deliberately murdered our 24 jawans at Salalah check-post and later they apologized when their arm was twisted to do so ( nato supply was cut off ). Let them have doze of their medicine.

Second option remains open, cut off UN forces supply-line for once and all. Our army may act without prejudice in this respect, but we need to protect our civilians first then we should talk about our sovereignty, whereas the message to other world is going vice versa. We should prioritize civilians safety first and secondary talks should be about our sovereignty and integrity. So make this set of order loud and clear to all concerns

We, as nation need to re-group and back our Government for better governance and peaceful environment, which will not only help us move ahead but it will create an atmosphere of foreign investment. Lastly, we can undo and clear out TTP & Co. in a ruthless manner, or else negotiate with them. In either option we need to get the drones stopped first with immediate effect to get peace in our country for our own people just forget about whose war is this, for the time being.

Once drones are no more, many Taliban factions will support Pak Army and Govt alike to eliminate any or all of the active groups. Peace had a price, pay it now or learn to live with drones. Choice in ours, endless slavery of fresh pride.

No point in lodging protest(s), need to go all out with the voice of our nation and make it clear like that no more drones within Pak territorial boundaries. USA claims itself as the largest democracy, let it deal the situation democratically within their own folds of security and diplomacy, no way we will let them test more drones at the cost of our lives.

To many, above may sound like impossible but we need to let others feel we are a living nation not dead bodies. After all, all political in the elections followed PTI's slogan for marching forward into a new or naya Pakistan and lets make this situation as our first stop

Imran
Jun 08, 2013 09:54pm

Pakistan has to stop the hollow protests (drama for public consumption) and join in the momentum along with the USA to eradicate the nuisance of these outlaws (TTP). One can understand a protest when innocent civilians are the casualties, but here the protests are louder when a known leader of the criminals is killed. Hard to understand this mentality !

Donald H
Jun 08, 2013 09:57pm

@fida sayani: The police and army need good men who will help rid the country of the misguided and the terrorists who insist in destroying instead of building up Pakistan. Are there any volunteers out there to replace the foreign soldiers? I am certain those foreign soldiers would like nothing better than to return to their own county when we have enough of our own police and soldiers to enable peace and prosperity. Ask them sometime if you do not believe what I write.

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
Jun 08, 2013 10:01pm

Why can't we catch these killers who are wanted dead or alive by our own government. If this job has been given to the Drone Families so what is the issue.

Donald H
Jun 08, 2013 10:05pm

@fida sayani: Pakistan needs those foreign dollars for now. If the misguided militants would stop blowing everything to pieces, we might be able to encourage and build up foreign and domestic trade to bring our country into the 20th century. Once we have achieved our own commerce base, we will no longer need a foreign hand-out.

Modi
Jun 08, 2013 10:07pm

@iqbal: Are you crazy to even suggest shooting down drones! What will that solve? The US will send other drones. And what if they retaliate and level your Air Force fields with ship-based cruise missiles. Instead of giving these stupid ideas, ask your Govt. to get rid of terrorists in your land who are not only a threat to Pakistan but a security threat to your neighbours and the NATO forces.

asfi
Jun 08, 2013 10:31pm

@NASAH (USA): Why should they get him. Let them find an alternative first and then he for sure will be hunted.

Waqar Khan
Jun 08, 2013 10:34pm

@nadeem: you don't see no logic behind drones attacks, because you have lost your logic. These drones are not productive, it kills more Pakistani people in long run, and it also shows that Pakistan is not a sovereign nation. In the US/UK they have sheltered many terrorists by the title of Political Ashlee, but can any country dare to come to the US/UK and drone them? Pakistan has probably the world's 5th largest military power, a country with nuclear power yet they being treated as the sub-level. How do you know that the daily bombs are doing of Taliban? And who are Taliban? Why is USA in Afghanistan or Pakistan...and Since US has so much technology and Pakistan don't; why can't the USA seal the Afghanistan border from it side? Pakistan is the SOLO Muslim country with Nuclear power, there are over 1/3 Muslims of the world's population and yet Not even one country in the UN has the true veto power. I live in the US.....wake up Pakistan, time to act now, shot a few drones, and tell the world that anyone attacked any person within our borders, it's an act of war. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and don't tell me that drones kill 100% guilty people....and who to decide who is guilty or who is not? If you fight for America, you are innocent, but if you fighting against their goals, you are terrorist?

Waqar Khan
Jun 08, 2013 10:35pm

@asgher: if they shot one, this will be a magical day for Pakistan...but who will then fill the pockets of the corrupt nation? If Pakistan really wanted to change, they would have voted for Imran Khan...long live the corrupt nation, and the people of Pakistan...I'm so happy I moved out of that country a long time ago!

Afrem
Jun 08, 2013 10:43pm

If Pakistan is so much concerned about its sovereignty and integrity, then why are the talibans freely allowed to take refuge in Pakistan and terrorize its citizens. I guess it is all about muslim brotherhood even though they can kill themselves. But God forbid if the infidels come to our rescue.

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
Jun 08, 2013 10:53pm

An Open Letter to PM Pakistan

The Drone Syndrome

H'able Mian Nawaz Sharif Sahab,

Salaam.

To me it looks you are very serious and not double talking on the drone attacks problem, like Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, who were reported by the WIKI LEAKS, to have assured the Americans, to carry on with their drone attacks on Pakistan. And the issue of public outrage inside Pakistan, will be handled by them, with pseudo statements of protests.

Here, I can also very well imagine your predicament, when your predecessor(s) allowed the Americans to trample with Pakistan's integrity and sovereignty with impunity, as if, Pakistan was not a sovereign nuclear power nation, but their father's JAGEER.

In my opinion, a time has come that we will have to again tell the Americans, what Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto said to Henry Kissinger, when HK demanded that Pakistan should back out from the purchase agreement of the re-processing plant from France, quoted as below:

Quote. " Mr. Kissinger, if you spit and ask me to clean it, I will clean it. However, if you spit and ask me to lick it, I won't." Unquote.

For Pakistan, the easiest way to stop drone and other attacks is to link the working of GLOC (Ground Lines of Communication) for NATO traffic, with NO US attacks on Pakistan, of any types, including the drones and from the Afghani forces, who have been attacking our troops, on behest of NATO forces; and beheading them, in large numbers.

Else, in compliance of the orders of the PHC (Peshawar High Court) and resolutions of our assemblies, Pakistan should shut the supply lines of (by land and by air, repeat by air, which is free, whereas, the US offered to Turkey $20 billion, for permission to use its air space during Iraq war, which was turned down by Turkey) NATO traffic from Pakistan to Afghanistan and vice versa.

Sir, no need to be afraid of any retaliation from the US, because firstly, they can't afford any confrontation with Pakistan till 2014; and secondly, It will not make any difference to an ordinary Pakistani, as the vast majority of the Pakistani population is already living in the Stone Age, for the last 5 years and the nation as a whole, is also entering the 15th straight year, in a full fledged war.

In this regard, all your advisors will try to frighten you with different scenarios; however, always remember to never take any decision, under the influence of fear.

Best Regards,

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

Faisal Naqvi
Jun 08, 2013 10:55pm

PML-N criticized PPP for only protesting and not taking any concrete actions against drone attacks. Mr. Sharif instead of having a plan to stop drone attacks if he was elected (he had a lot of time. 5 years in opposition) just came up with a protest like Yusuf Raza Gilani. Same goes for Taliban issue. Sharif claims he wants to have a dialogue with them but never tells what is he going to talk about. Unlike Taliban his position is not known. Here is the position of Taliban. They do not accept democracy in Pakistan as it is against the religion. They do not believe in Pakistani Courts. They kill Pakistani Soldiers. They will cage women in their homes. Every one will have to follow their version of religion. They destroy girls schools and countless other heinous crimes they are proud of. Mr. Sharif have a good luck talking to them. I am so glad that right wingers are elected this time. Let them have a reality check. Let us all hope that our prime minister will eventually come up with a plan and realize that there is no such thing as good Taliban.

Raja
Jun 08, 2013 11:19pm

1) Most of the comments "against drone strikes" are given by Pakistanis and they are given "thumbs down" by Non-Pakistanis using fake Pakistani names.

2) Most of the comments "in favor of drone strikes" are given by Non-Pakistanis and they are being given "thumbs up" by non-Pakistanis using fake Pakistani names.

This is called Journalism Propaganda.

Syeda Wajeeha
Jun 08, 2013 11:36pm

Look at Mir, Nadeem, and Gilzai's comments, 60 thumbs up, 7 down, speaks of itself. Rather than protesting Drones, Pakistan should announce cooperation on Drone strikes, and USA should inform Pakistan ahead of time about the strikes. Newspaper headlines should read " Friendly drone gets rid of another menace...Wali ur Rehman dead"

dr charles
Jun 09, 2013 12:16am

Give the air base to US for their drones. Provide power supply, security and logistics to it and summon and protest against the drones. Pakistan people believe this drama. I feel sorry for pakistani friends. No wonder you can easily provoke and turn Pakistan youth in to terrorism. with all respect to Pakistani friends you lost your sense.

raja hindustani
Jun 09, 2013 12:20am

Pakistan first stop taking billions of dollar from US in the name of fighting against terrorism. US drone will automatically stop. ;)

BRR
Jun 09, 2013 12:26am

@asgher: When the Pak military and the govt. has no guts or inclination to shoot the terrorists who have killed thousands of people, you want the same guys to shoot the US drones? And then expect the US to bail out Pakistan economically with IMF loan support? Have you any idea about what you are commenting about?

BRR
Jun 09, 2013 12:26am

@iqbal: Ha ha ha, what a joker!

BRR
Jun 09, 2013 12:28am

A scarecrow cannot scare an eagle.

S. Hassan Ali
Jun 09, 2013 12:53am

Go on, drones should continue ensuring that only the militants and talibans are killed. these terrorists have no considerations when they kill innocents citizens and likewise they should be eliminated without and considerations.

Pakistan government and military are either unable to eliminate talibans or they do not want to eliminate them and in either case drones are justified. FULL STOP.

MSA
Jun 09, 2013 01:05am

@iqbal: You are naïve. Pakistan does not have the capability to shoot down drones. Drones are doing the job that you are supposed to do. If you can do, get rid of the Taliban, and I assure you that there will be no drone attacks.

ashraf jamal
Jun 09, 2013 01:06am

We all Pakistani's sole heartedly support the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must give an ultimatum to President Karzai Of Afghanistan stop drone attack from its land. Failure to do will be attacked and the land of Afghanistan will be under Pakistan territory. Pakistan in turn settle 10 million Afghani refugees, all the Taliban, and demand the expenses from last twenty years.

MSA
Jun 09, 2013 01:09am

@fida sayani: and will be keeb to make friends with Pakistan.

Gerry D'Cunha
Jun 09, 2013 01:15am

A key Pakistani Taliban commander, Mutaqi alias Bahadar Khan, was killed along with six suspected militants in the US drone strike - aren't the USA cracking down on militant operating in/from pakistan? where as the pakistan's army should crack down these elements - pakistan's protest will have no impact on USA

Caz
Jun 09, 2013 01:31am

@raja hindustani:

The so called tribal territories are part of Afghanistan and not really pakistan

Spotty
Jun 09, 2013 01:51am

Useless, drama. They cant kill or control the militants and now if someone is taking out the trash then they have a problem with it as well. As long as it does not kill civilians, I say to USA, good job and thank you and ignore these stupid and useless governments in Pakistan.

gee
Jun 09, 2013 02:07am

Mir, Gilzai, Nadeem and Fida Sayani are right on, on one hand politicians and Army of Pakistan are not willing, are gutless or are scared stiff of Taliban and don’t call a spade a spade and put an end to this drama of Drones and on the other hand they repeat the cry of Pakistan's sovereignty every time America does the needful for them. Drone are the only solution to put an end the Taliban.

Mustafa
Jun 09, 2013 02:26am

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif does not want to rock the boat of Pak-US cooperation and at the same time does not want to offend the militants and terrorists by not protesting against drone attacks. Pakistanis are divided on drone attacks. The pro militants and terrorists are against it and the anti militants and terrorists are for it. The United States has its own strategy to safeguard its country against militancy and terrorism and they will not listen to Pakistan and even powerful countries like Britain, Russia, China on how to safeguard America. One way to stop drone attacks would be an all out war by Pakistan Army to eliminate militancy and terrorism from all territories of Pakistan but it is a hard sell to Pakistani politicians who want to be nice to America as well to Talibans.

Joe
Jun 09, 2013 02:37am

People who complain here -- did you really read the news article? (Quoted below)

(quote) "Missiles from the US drone struck a suspected militant compound in Gubez village of North Waziristan’s Shawal tehsil when a pick-up truck arrived from the bordering area of Afghanistan around 9:00 pm.

"According to intelligence intercepts, the militants led by Mutaqi alias Bahadar Khan were planning to cross over into Afghanistan via Pash Ziarat valley, a strategic corridor linking the South and North Waziristan Agency and considered a gateway to Afghanistan." (end quote)

Those criminals are constantly attacking and killing Afghan and NATO people inside Afghanistan. If the Pakistani government or military are incapable of stopping them, then someone else will do it.

You cannot continue giving sanctuary to Taliban and Al Qaeda criminals, while complaining about other nations' actions against them and simultaneously taking money from those nations.

Either do the job yourself or admit that you can't do it.

Salman Khan
Jun 09, 2013 02:44am

Drones are useless without informants on the ground who leave 'guiding chip' in the vicinity of a 'time-sensitive human target'. You stop the informants, you stop the drones!

guru
Jun 09, 2013 03:32am

Every time a militant is hit in these drone strikes it is an open invitation for next one to come. If you want them to stop, clear out your backyard of these baddies and there will be peace.

Khawar T khyam
Jun 09, 2013 04:03am

Cut down their supply and exit route.

khan
Jun 09, 2013 04:25am

first electricity than education then drone. my estimate 1000 years

Waqar Khan
Jun 09, 2013 04:33am

@raja hindustani: I think, probably all the billions goes to the Pakistani military, so they can further their wealth and pockets...

raj
Jun 09, 2013 04:54am

@iqbal:Your leaders will only protest but never shoot down the drone, why???? because the drones are doing Pak Army job.

NASAH (USA)
Jun 09, 2013 05:05am

Now what is wrong with getting Taqi alias Bahadar Khan and 6 other militants.

Please let it continue till we pick up the Hakeemullah alias Buzdil Khan -- and then STOP.

BigdaddyUSA
Jun 09, 2013 06:06am

Well, you do nothing because you are afraid of them so we have to do I. Will you ever grow up and stand for what's right and let the people run the country,not the terrorists ??

BigdaddyUSA
Jun 09, 2013 06:07am

@shuaib: Your so funny. Typicall to blame the world for your own problems.

Raja
Jun 09, 2013 06:10am

Note for Dawn:

Close these comments immediately, it is spreading false information from fake personalities. These are NOT Pakistanis who are writing these comments, these are enemies of Pakistan.

BigdaddyUSA
Jun 09, 2013 06:09am

@fida sayani: They have a national army, they're all corrupt and take orders from the Taliban.

Shahpur
Jun 09, 2013 06:59am

Let the the American help you, to end this menace. Pakistan can not deal with them by himself.

SKChadha
Jun 09, 2013 09:53am

It is not clear as to why so much fuss is created about Drones and there is stoic silence about Pak Jets pondering bombs on innocent civilian population in Khurram Agency. The attacks are killing thousands and making lakhs as Internally Displaced Persons?

SKChadha
Jun 09, 2013 09:54am

@Pakistani: Bro, nobody outside NA listen to it.

shami
Jun 09, 2013 03:50pm

I have been hearing these statements for last 10 years to stop drone attacks. Today they say stop it the very next day they allow CIA to do another attack. Its just a political game. Noone will listen nothing will happen until army shot down the drones which they cannot bother to do as they are getting billions of dollors from americans.

Hassan Ali
Jun 09, 2013 08:53pm

go on, do not stop the drones. TTP deserves to be eliminated in whatever manner possible. if Pakistan's forces are not able to wipe them out, then they should be hit with drones. good job, after all drones have killed the murderer of former Pakistani PM, Benazir Bhutto!

Bong
Jun 09, 2013 09:49pm

@Raja: What you are saying is " Since I dont agree to what others are saying muzzle them" Rather Talibanistic, isnt it ?

Bong
Jun 09, 2013 09:56pm

@Raja: And your statement sucks!!

Mustafa
Jun 09, 2013 10:03pm

@ Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad : What a brilliant idea of yours. Let the courts dictate foreign policy. The next thing you will say abolish parliaments. Let the courts run the country.

quantum
Jun 09, 2013 10:43pm

@ailly:

Sir, US has the capability to cripple Pakistan's economy. You will not receive any financial loan if Pakistan is deemed a country that harbors terrorist. Please don't be so emotional about your country, please ask yourself why only Pakistan is targeted with drone, answer is because it is the epicenter of terrorism. US can nuder your nukes if they want. My advise is cooperate with the US govt.

Otherwise
Jun 10, 2013 11:38am

@ashraf jamal: You probably want another SEAL mission in islamabad gunning down NawazSharif, all your cabinet and your sold out Military asses.

The next morning you wake up wondering how it happened- Pakistan is a temporary state will be a history soon. If its meddling in Afghan affairs doesn't stop.