23 July, 2014 / Ramazan 24, 1435

Stopping drone attacks

Published Jun 06, 2013 05:05am

JOHN Kerry’s statement that drone strikes are legal over tribal areas of Pakistan, as US Congress had authorised the use of force due to the Sept 11 incident, is inappropriate and out-of-place with the UN charter of sovereignty that prohibits UN member-states from attacking other member-states.

The recent strike was also contradicting President Barack Obama’s guideline of May 23 that drone strikes can only be used to prevent imminent attacks ensuring that innocent civilian would not be killed but he failed to ensure that sovereignty of a state would not be violated.

The debate about the legality and effectiveness of drones is in favour of stopping the strikes over a sovereign state even for targeting extremists.

Although the drone strike recently killed TTP’s Waliur Rehman, along with some civilians, the numerous previous attacks by drones in northwest Pakistan had killed more civilians than they killed the Taliban. It had been a cause for public concern and agitation. The number of civilians killed by drones will disprove the policy of precisely targeting the Taliban. It appears to be a planned mission to defame, destroy and desecrate Islam, as well as find an excuse to take control of Pakistan’s nuclear warheads.

In spite of strong opposition by the public, the Pakistan governments in the past had been on board, permitting US drone strikes and doing nothing to stop it except for the lip-service to condemn and protest for cooling down the public emotions.

The public had been exerting pressure on the government to take corrective measures even if they have to shoot down the drones if US continues the policy of hostility, disrespecting sovereignty of Pakistan.

I urge upon the new government to take firm stand and stop drone strikes at any cost and save innocent people, restoring public confidence and the country’s pride, honour and integrity.

MOHAMMAD ASHRAF Winnipeg, Canada

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Comments (8) (Closed)


Naseer
Jun 06, 2013 08:23pm
Number of innocents killed by drones is much much less than innocent Pakistanis killed by Taliban. Drones are doing better justice than the courts of Pakistan.
Rocky
Jun 06, 2013 05:38pm
It's easy to moralize while comfortably sitting in Canada. Drones maybe illegal but a sure way to put fear in those yahoos hiding in the mountains. A full blown war to take these desperadoes out would cost many more innocent lives.
Tanvir
Jun 06, 2013 02:16pm
Drones are a new weapon to colonize the weaker countries. Just like the Holocaust, 911 has become aan excuse to milk and punish other countries.
artem
Jun 06, 2013 02:30pm
When did beggars who survive on alms from others have respect or pride??
Irrfaan Akhtaar
Jun 06, 2013 01:44pm
UN charter of sovereignty also states that state can not give sanctuary to militants that cause trouble to other sovereign nations.
Agha Ata
Jun 06, 2013 12:27pm
Please also say something for the people who kill innocents among among their own people.
Kharal
Jun 06, 2013 06:47am
the respect and sanctity of human life should be respected and the rule of mighty prevails and colonialism should finish.
Shah
Jun 06, 2013 06:13am
War of any kind will have casualties which is regrettable. However, there needs to be a reason why the tribal areas have been neglected for so long until it became a haven for militants to thrive there unnoticed.