Pakistan furious as US drone strike kills civilians

Published: March 18, 2011

Foreign Office demands apology, calls incident a violation of human rights.

PESHAWAR: 

Barely 24 hours after Islamabad and Washington managed to settle a crippling diplomatic conundrum that was the Raymond Davis issue, a fresh stand-off between the two allies is in the making following a potent drone strike in North Waziristan on Thursday.

In the deadliest attack since 2006, at least 38 people, including tribal elders, were killed in a drone strike when US missiles missed their target and hit a local jirga.

In reaction, Pakistan, through its Foreign Office, has now asked the United States to apologise for the incident.

A strong-worded statement by the Foreign Office said that the strike was, “not only unacceptable but also a flagrant violation of all humanitarian rules and norms.”

It said that Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir had “conveyed this strong condemnation to US Ambassador Cameron Munter and demanded an apology and explanation.”

“Ambassador Hussain Haqqani has also been asked to make a similar strong demarche with the US State Department.”

The drone strike

Locals told The Express Tribune that the attack occurred in the Nayya Adda area of Datta Khel tehsil. The strike that occurred some 40 kilometres west of the agency headquarters Miramshah, also injured 15 people.

In the second attack in the area in as many days, a US predator targeted a moving vehicle, missed its target as the vehicle moved in the direction of a nearby gathering of tribal elders. In an attempt to hit the militants, the predator fired four more missiles on the gathering.

There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties, with some media reports  claiming that 40 people had been killed.

However, sources in the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan told The Express Tribune later in the evening that a total of 32 people were present in the jirga between Kharhtangi and Datakhel tribes. They confirmed the death of 26 people including 12 Taliban and 14 Maliks (tribal elders). The TTP did not give the names of members of their outfit killed, but named the elders who had died.

In a rare statement, Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Masood Kasur, who also oversees the tribal belt on behalf of the president, condemned the attack. A press statement quoted the governor as saying that a tribal jirga was targeted in the attack and it had killed many tribal elders and Khasadar force personnel. “The Pakistani government and people will not tolerate such attacks. They are against the country’s sovereignty,” the statement added.

The governor expressed regret over the loss of lives, referring to the deceased as “martyrs.” He directed authorities for immediate compensation to the families of the victims.

Meanwhile, some sources also suggested that the jirga was presided over by a militant commander loyal to Taliban warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadar, who is known for his close links to the Haqqani network.

Drone attacks, which had decreased during the time CIA contractor Raymond Davis was arrested for killing two Pakistanis, have surged for the past few days in both the North and South Waziristan agencies. Thursday’s lethal strike occurred only a day after Davis was released.

The most lethal strike since the drone campaign started was in the tribal region of Bajaur when 80 people, mostly madrassa students, were killed as missiles hit a training camp. Some reports claim that the attack was carried by helicopters of the Pakistani government and not by US drones.

Datta Khel is one of the most targeted areas in the CIA’s air campaign in Pakistan. At least 120 out of 127 drone attacks carried out during the past year were carried out in North Waziristan Agency, with most of them in Datta Khel tehsil. Forty-five of the 234 strikes, or 19 per cent, have taken place in Datta Khel since the US began carrying out strikes in Pakistan in 2004, according to data compiled by The Long War Journal. And so far this year, eight of the 19 strikes in Pakistan have taken place in Datta Khel.

WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM AFP AND NEWS DESK.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 18th, 2011.

Reader Comments (111)

  • bunny
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:11PM

    here the story began againnn….these are raining dollars guys dont pretend to be naive……just wait more dollars will fall Recommend

  • liyaqat
    Mar 17, 2011 - 1:36PM

    jai ho pakistan. Please America have pity on the poor tribesmen. If you really want to hit the target strike GHQ, Karachi,and Lahore. Come on America. We are with you play the role of tahtar again in the history.Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 2:28PM

    “With Love, From Raymond Davis”Recommend

  • sharjeel anjum
    Mar 17, 2011 - 2:30PM

    may allah bless the drones.
    they are removing the religious extremist filth from our society which are a real threat to the rest of the people.but this campaign has to be extended into the southern punjab & karachi also,as extremist religious ideology is very prevalent in these areas.

    There are too many madrassas preaching hatred,oppression of women,homophobia & hatred of any one non-muslim in these areas & those madrassas need to be taken out by drones as our own govt. is too cowardly to take any action against these religious barbarians.Recommend

  • TBM
    Mar 17, 2011 - 5:12PM

    @sharjeel anjum:
    how are so sure that whatever people are being killed by these drones are actually those who are responsibility for all wrong-doing with in the state of Pakistan? I dont know how people (like you) can be that much conclusive and judgmental…

    Pity on the innocent of people like you!Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 17, 2011 - 5:12PM

    oh this must be a victory celebration after raymond davis release. Please drop few bombs at the presidency, GHQ, Raiwind, bilawal house, Supreme cout, high courts, and whereever you please. Recommend

  • Arslan
    Mar 17, 2011 - 5:20PM

    ‘lol’. sharjeel anjum is as Pakistani as Raymond Davis is a diplomat. We all know how ‘terrorists’ 99% of the drone victims are…
    (by the way, stop playing the ethnic card.)Recommend

  • bunny
    Mar 17, 2011 - 5:33PM

    Celebration is ON…party is ON….they are celebrating for thier victory on our bodies….shame shame shame on us……now diyat would be given to zardari…nawaz…altaf…fazlurrehman….and some of their party leaders…..shame on media and pakistani people who are still sitting inside and waiting for their number to get hit or get the dollars….Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Mar 17, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Now that R. Davis is gone. “Its full speed ahead Captain” and business as usual.Recommend

  • Arif Ullah
    Mar 17, 2011 - 5:40PM

    @TBM, very well said bro, these people are not facing this themselves that’s why act & talk like American puppet, when their own homes will be blown up with out any reason then these people will know the real value of human being, although there are some factors in tribes area which are acting against the well of this nation but how correctly these are targeted??? there was a news in january 2011 express news paper that for one Talib 30 innocent people are being killed now guess??? Recommend

  • Nk
    Mar 17, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Celebratory fireworksRecommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 6:38PM

    As an Indian who bears no animosity towards the people of Pakistan, all I can say is that the United State’s “friendship” is a poisoned chalice, as nations without number have discovered over the course of the last sixty-odd years. Since the Indian government refuses to learn from Pakistan’s plight, and is determined to chain itself to the Evil Empire, I expect the same kind of thing to happen here too. By then, again as Pakistan has discovered, it may be too late to step back.Recommend

  • jibran babar
    Mar 17, 2011 - 7:08PM

    gift from our beloved allies after release of davis.
    FROM AMERICA WITH LOVERecommend

  • JDonald
    Mar 17, 2011 - 7:24PM

    When taking human life willfully becomes the standard practice of a major country, you can be sure that they have lost all moral guidence. Playing deadly electronic games from somewhere befeath the surface of the earth in Colorado to execute those that are deemed “inappropriate” on the other side of the world is an act of cowardice. In that final day of judgement, the blood of millions of innocent persons will be on the hands of every American who has turned the other way to not see killing for what it is. Yes, please take the ten commandments down from every wall in the USA, especially if you plan to disregard it so blatently.Recommend

  • paindo
    Mar 17, 2011 - 7:29PM

    hats off to people of Pakistan who never surrender. Raymond Davis issue is another glaring example of their courage and conviction. Its the rulers who did such shameful acts time and again.we need to change such traitors instead to utter depressed feelings against our homeland.Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Mar 17, 2011 - 7:44PM

    Good on u Americans.
    Heartiest facilitation for Ramond Davis release to American & to theirs partners Pakistan Army private limited.Recommend

  • Salman h Shaikh
    Mar 17, 2011 - 7:59PM

    Celebration is really on , champaign, dance, party is on, this is the biggest present for raymond from their Aqas. wah wah wah…

    I dont know when our people will awake yar, in my opinion zardari, kiyani, nawaz sharif are not only responsible for that, we all are
    we all kept ourselves for sale nobody is ready to shout ,,, what the hell is going on???..we are just sitting in our drawing rooms and just watching talkshwos.
    and the people who went to streets, we criticize on them. when any activist or worker of any party chants the slogan Go Amercia Go ,,,, we laugh on them … come on brothers be serious Go America Go is the “wakt ki aawaz” we should think serioiusly and atleast give the moral support to people who has courage to go on roads.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Mar 17, 2011 - 8:30PM

    ISI-Drones rule Pakistan. However the single entity most responsible for Pakistan’s current state is GHQ-ISI. Period. Recommend

  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Mar 17, 2011 - 8:46PM

    I wonder when the people of KPK and FATA are going to rise up against these crimes?Recommend

  • tioche
    Mar 17, 2011 - 8:55PM

    Fascist amerika will keep on murdering, but its empire IS collapsing, from all the suffering amerika brings to the World. The collapse WILL bring an end to amerrikan Imperialism ! Viva La Revolucion !Recommend

  • Mar 17, 2011 - 9:14PM

    Have any body commented above visited these tribal areas where there is no rule of law, everybody carries a gun, woman are oppressed, other religions are hated, girls are buried alive, mothers are lashed, wives are honour killed, schools are blown up, children are brainwashed with poison of hate, artists are humiliated. I feel whenever there is a drone strike, it is the genuine day of judgment. Recommend

  • TP
    Mar 17, 2011 - 10:09PM

    Gen.Kiyani has condemned this drone attack. That’s all Pak Army can doRecommend

  • omer
    Mar 17, 2011 - 10:21PM

    and the chief of seventh largest army having nukes is pretty happy over just protesting on this act of terror ?!? no wonder kiyani and pasha got extensions. USA must have seen something special in them :)
    by the way can i get a ride in those newly bought F-16′s or JF-17′s ? As i am sure those shiny machines are for anything but using against an enemy attack on our state. And yeah we Pakistanis are gona come after you taliabn, as soon as we get those six new submarines!Recommend

  • Blithe
    Mar 17, 2011 - 10:21PM

    @sharjeel anjum:
    Your are 100% an Indian pretendning to be a Pakistan.
    Come out with your real name and identity!
    What is your real Hindu name?Recommend

  • Peace On Earth
    Mar 17, 2011 - 10:34PM

    Some of the posters here have the intelligence of a donkey. Seriously, what do you expect America to do when it is unable to chase down militants who run into Pakistan and hide behind civilians?

    If you want to blame someone, blame the Pakistani military for being fearful of mullahs and their fatwas. Why does the bulk of the Pakistani military face India when the real threat is in the NWFP and Waziristan?

    The drone strikes kill innocent civilians who are caught in the cross fire, which is unfortunate, however, why not blame the militants and direct our anger towards them?

    At least America is doing something about the militants who are being sheltered by backward tribal leaders who still live in the Stone Age.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Mar 17, 2011 - 10:51PM

    I think it is what is called brutality!!Recommend

  • Fahad
    Mar 17, 2011 - 10:59PM

    @TP:
    Army is also acting like puppetRecommend

  • Cherish Raj
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:05PM

    @Bill Purukayastha

    I am also an Indian. If you handle the Americans tactfully, they can be a great help to any country. Just ponder how the Japanese and the South Koreans handle them. A lot has got to do with how smart you are. If India do not have the support of the US, the Chinese and their Pakistani sidekicks will devour us for breakfast. We need to manage our relationship with the US for at least another 25 years. By that time, Inshallah, our economy will be big enough to withstand the threats on our own.Recommend

  • J
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:07PM

    The fireworks have started, the party is on!Recommend

  • Kamil Bangash
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:13PM

    May be General Kayani was asleep until now. All this anti-American rhetoric is probably meant to offset the public anger at the release of Raymond Davis, and to distance the army from the decision. It may work on some naive people.Recommend

  • saad hafeez
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:13PM

    it shouldnt be funny, but it is. they started again as soon as davis left!Recommend

  • Midnight Drummer
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:21PM

    @Peace On Earth:

    Very rarely does anything happen by ‘accident’ or ‘misunderstanding’, but by orchestrated design:

    “Their bodies so badly damaged that their families had to hunt for the pieces in order to bury them.

    > Word GamesRecommend

  • wahab
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:51PM

    I think its enough!! We have to stop this war nowRecommend

  • Neeraj, India
    Mar 17, 2011 - 11:52PM

    What a pathetic general of a pathetic country.
    //According to the statement, the army has launched ‘a protest in the strongest possible terms’//
    Ha ha ha haah ha ha! Strongest possible terms! Ha ha aha ha!
    //“We want to make it clear that the government of Pakistan and its people will not tolerate such attacks.//
    Wow, what a joke!!
    //Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Thursday ‘strongly condemned’ the drone strike in North Waziristan’s Datta Khel area, which killed 40 people earlier in the day//
    And then promptly picked up a phone and called his masters at Washington DC and told them; “It’s all right, we “strongly support our allies in the war against terrorism and please ask Raymond Davis if he had any discomfort during his stay in Pakistan, we profoundly apologize, if he still holds any complaints about our legendary hospitality.” Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2011 - 12:04AM

    Thank you Kiani Sb,
    At least you broke all your patience ans strategic silence … we have been waiting for this stance since you controlled the reigns of this Army which was once considered the Army of Pakistan…………..so please no continue the same and nation is with you and make our political leadership the same……..remember this world is more mortal than it is usually perceived but your deterrence would be regarded for ever.. may ALLAH bless you true spirit and courage to safeguard your countrymen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Recommend

  • Sandy
    Mar 18, 2011 - 12:22AM

    @Neeraz: Dude.. complete your telephone conversation man… you are making international call to washington and it will cost 10 dollars that kayani has to pay from the money begged and borrowed from around world. Atleast make the main point dude. You forgot to mention that he also negotiated a price for that… 40 * 200 million = 8 billion paki rupee for this strike. Thats enough to buy few more missiles against india. That was the entire point of making that call man.. and surprising you missed that?? Recommend

  • Ummi Khann
    Mar 18, 2011 - 12:30AM

    Our country is under USA Attack. Violating our air space on a daily basis, killing Pakistani citizens in waziristan… & our general is just condemning.. This is sign of a very weak general and a joke with the whole nation.. Recommend

  • My Opinion
    Mar 18, 2011 - 12:32AM

    His job is to protect the people of Pakistan from drones and Raymond Davis’s not to do condemnation of such things.Anyway, everybody in Pakistan already knows that this is just a drama.Is this why 75% of our national budget is spent on Pak Army for Kayani to just issue a statement.TRAITORRecommend

  • Aamer
    Mar 18, 2011 - 12:38AM

    Oh please Kiyani, we know you sold Raymond, the number of drone attacks only in 2011 are uncountable, now you’re talking?

    Stop fooling us around. Go sit in the GHQ and have a cigar.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 18, 2011 - 12:40AM

    Why now?

    What will happen in future?

    I believe PPP Leadership should not waste a second to defend USA policies. PPP leaders have publicly defended drone attacks in past as well.

    Just wait 24 hours….. Recommend

  • endisnear
    Mar 18, 2011 - 12:41AM

    cant the army shoot down these drones easily they dont travel at high speeds nor at very high altitude mr kayani you will be targetted just like musharrafRecommend

  • faraz
    Mar 18, 2011 - 12:56AM

    What can the poor Kiyani do? He cant even control army’s very own ‘strategic assets’; the rag tag group of fanatics which it nurtured for 3 decades. The military capabilities of our army are quite limited, but its grandiose strategic plans are responsible for the humiliaiton and misery of the nation. Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 18, 2011 - 12:58AM

    Now it’s Kiyani’s turn to do topi drama beghairat fauji Recommend

  • Kamran Khan
    Mar 18, 2011 - 1:10AM

    *Hah !!! Genaral sab please dont use these old tactics to diffuse attention from Davis Case. You all are responsible for this. You were sadly given extension for the same purpose. Now leave us at our own please. We all know very well that who is sincere with this country. After Musharaff, now you are ruining this Army. Very sad indeed.* Recommend

  • Clean Pakistan
    Mar 18, 2011 - 1:12AM

    General Kiyani, people don’t need Army’s condolences… stand up and stop the drone attacks… shoot the damn killers down!Recommend

  • sherry
    Mar 18, 2011 - 1:15AM

    sukkur sahib……………
    Glad to hear ur comments sir and really astonished too.sir if u dont mind i will just an example about is the nature of people of waziristan and brutalities,i am waziristani all most all of my family members are highly educated with special mention senior civil and military officials and almost 50% of civil officers serving in KPK and FATA on higher posts also belong to FATA{with special mention from waziristan}.As far as extremism is concerned ya we r extremists in the sense we went for kashmir jihad just for the sake of islam.ya we r extremists in the sense that we fought britian for not less than hundred years and gave them tough time and waziristan was the firsrt area to be bombarded by the britian in the history of the subcontinent.ya we r extremists for giving protection to aimal kansi for five years[u must know aimal kansi].ya we r extremists for declaring war and providing volunteers amointing 1 lack men against india after mumbai attack indian threats.ya we r extremists when in the era of 50s pakistan didnot have strong army we fought for the sake of pakistan against Afghan aggression[u can have this information from the news articles of daily the DAWN of that time].so these r my points if u want more information than send me ur email i will send u some most important information in private and that will be enough for u. Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2011 - 1:20AM
  • Shock horror
    Mar 18, 2011 - 1:24AM

    Kayani aur Pakistan badnam hua, Raymond Davis kay liye.Recommend

  • Shah Rukh Kahn
    Mar 18, 2011 - 1:28AM

    Kayani singing after losing Hafiz Gul (possibly) and a few ISI crown jewels.

    khilate hain (Hafiz) Gul yahaa, khil ke bikhar ne ko
    milate hain dil yahaa, mil ke bichhadane ko

    kal rahe naa rahe, mausam ye pyaar kaa
    kal ruke naa ruke, dolaa bahaar kaa
    chaar pal mile jo aaj pyaar mein gujaar do

    zeelo ke hothhonpar meghon kaa raag hain
    fulon ke seene mein thhandee thhandee aag hain
    dil ke aaeene mein ye too samaa utaar le

    pyaasaa hain dil sanam pyaasee ye raat hain
    hothhon mein dabee dabee koee meethhee baat hain
    in lamho pe aaj too har khushee nisaar deRecommend

  • sundar
    Mar 18, 2011 - 1:37AM

    Do the Pakistanis honestly believe US is droning alleged terrorists, which is very effective btw, without the tacit approval from Kayani?Recommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 18, 2011 - 1:46AM

    After the blood money sell out, Pak army needs to look strong and not a total puppet of America. They need to reorganize all their right wing Islamists friends who are not too happy with their total surrender to the US. It is only a political move by the army chief and words are cheap! If he is really upset and man enough, he can try shooting down these pioletless drones. Or can give an ultimatum to the US. However, they are too busy counting their money and unlimited extensions.

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 18, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Pakistan provides the targeting information – America provides the technology/drone – drone worked just fine – targeting information didn’t. Why blame the USA? Perhaps it’s time for Pakistan to quit playing both sides of the fence – either take responsibility for the tribal areas or allow NATO to do your job for you.Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:04AM

    Wow ! Look who is talking !Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:06AM

    Maybe some of the posters should join the army and back up their militant attitudes – it’s easy to be an arm chair warrior. The reality is that Pakistan sits back and allows it’s territory to be used as a base of operation’s by terrorist who attack NATO troops which are suppose to be allies of Pakistan. The word disingenuous comes to mind – it’s not the best description but will have to suffice since the appropriate word won’t pass censorship. Recommend

  • Neeraj's daddy
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:10AM

    @Neeraj, India: Stop talking on the phone you idiot! The bill this month’s gona be sky high with you making all those calls to Washington!! And for the millionth time, stop using your kidney and start using your brain.Recommend

  • sarah
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:11AM

    Fireworks done by USA , celebrating our stupidity and Releasing Mr Davis. We release him and they kill our 40 civilians. Their way of saying thanks to a country that is now their bought colony!Recommend

  • Malik
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:27AM

    General Kiyani protested on drone attacks but why doesn’t he send F16s to shoot the drones down? Hypocrite.Recommend

  • Copper
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:32AM

    Oh! so General Kyani can Pakistan Army only manage coup against poor politician? Hardly any other army just “condemns”; it takes action, but ours only condemn and that too when there is shortage of dollars. Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2011 - 2:39AM

    Just about a week back,his subordinate a Maj.General..GOC of PKK had appreciated the Drone attacks and had claimed them very productive in killing more militants and less civilians..Shouldnt the Chief call up this subordinate of his and seek his explanation ?…Mere condemnation sounds like an eyewash statement…blow them out of the sky the next time around,Chief Sahib and prove to us all Pakistanis, that you really meant it!Recommend

  • hopeless
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:41AM

    “Gen Kayani condemns ‘unjustifiable’ drone strike” so all other drone strikes were justified? and he stands by them.Recommend

  • Team USA
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:58AM

    So there is a chance the USA may win the cricket world cup?Recommend

  • ArifQ
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:58AM

    Honorable Kiyani Sahib, its good you feel pain for fellow Pakistanis, human beings but where did this human streak vanish when Governor Punjab was assassinated? Convenience then, same today. Recommend

  • shumayel
    Mar 18, 2011 - 3:03AM

    So Mr.Kiyani is doing Zardari’s and gillani’s duty now. great. that was the last thing we were waiting for. thumbs up general kane.Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2011 - 3:05AM

    Is he for real? – Condemn? Thats it? Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2011 - 3:06AM

    Drone are not justifiable and acceptable in any circustances whatsoever.Recommend

  • Copper
    Mar 18, 2011 - 3:15AM

    why my comments are not permitted?Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 18, 2011 - 3:32AM

    This was not the first strike, so why protest now? Kayani is trying to do damage control on Davis fiasco. We all know that it wasn’t possible without Army/ISI agreeing to his release. CIA is the woman that ISI can’t live with or without. Recommend

  • Umar
    Mar 18, 2011 - 3:33AM

    @sharjeel anjum:
    Real solution is not to outsource education in general and Islamic education in particular to mullahs. In Islamic republic of Pakistan if I want to get religious education why do I have to go these mullahs and why Pak government not provide it instead. Plus how about the collateral damage of innocent civilians in the process. It is no different than staged police encounters where execution is carried out without due process. At least police only targets the alleged criminals in those encounters not entire wedding parties. Mentality like yours causes more extremism. One has to fix the root cause. Recommend

  • shade
    Mar 18, 2011 - 3:42AM

    I am amazed, Who does Kayani think he’s trying to fool. A day ago he hands over a drone operator to US and the next day he protests. And then what is different about this specific done attack than the precious 400 in Kayani’s tenure. Answer: last 24 hours have generated a lot of criticism on the role of army and Kayani is trying to salvage its image. A distraction at best. He is the chief of army and his job is to defend against these attacks- not protests. Thats what he is paid for. Hats off to the media. We achieved more in last 2 years than in the previous 61 because of media. Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Mar 18, 2011 - 3:45AM

    It means drone attacks prior to this one were actually killing terrorists.Recommend

  • Abdul Ali
    Mar 18, 2011 - 4:14AM

    I suppose it has not occurred to them that the reason why the USA has a poor image around the world is precisely because of such behavior.

    USA do not have a perception problem. They have a REALITY problemRecommend

  • Kamran
    Mar 18, 2011 - 4:48AM

    CONDEMN

    The day Pakistan and the office holders in Pakistan take this word “CONDEMN” out of their dictionary, and do something practical on ground to sourt out the issue….everything wil be OK….

    from Altaf to Nawaz, from Zardari to Gilani, from Shahbaz to Babar…everyone has got one word to all the tragadies in Pakistan “CONDEMN”

    and thats a shame

    wake up pakistani nation…..wake up….stop taking this sleeping pill “CONDEMN” anymore…raise ur voice…Recommend

  • John
    Mar 18, 2011 - 5:02AM

    I was wondering why he has not spoken yet. Getting macho soon after the R. Davis deal.

    I thought only a few weeks ago the army acknowledged that drone attacks kill mainly terrorists.

    Why suddenly the talk about drone attacks from the top brass?Recommend

  • nina
    Mar 18, 2011 - 5:30AM

    @Bill Purkayastha:

    I totally respect your mature comment. As a Pakistani, I believe that the U.S. does not have the interest of no other country on earth except itself. When US invaded Iraq and subsequently Afghanistan, all talk was that soon Pakistan was next. This is exactly what is happening. But our Pak leaders were blinded by American dollars to have any concern about the sovereignty of the nation and its people. Having US and NATO forces in the area is too dangerous, not only for Pak but for India as well. No good has ever come when this region had foreign occupiers (British Raj). Whether Indian or Pakistani, we are brothers of this land and must not be deceived by others. We have more in common with each other than with American or British and we must work together to make our lives better. There are enough resources in the lands of Pakistan and India for us to be strong and self sufficient. The major obstacle is that our leaders love to lick the spit of their foreign masters. I fear that the Indian leadership is going to become slaves to the US also.

    @Cherish Raj
    Believe me, we Pakistanis have no appetite to devour India. We want peace for all the peoples of this region. As a Muslim, wish for your brother what you wish for yourself. Please do not get any help from any Western nation, because it will cost you dearly in the long run.Recommend

  • akash
    Mar 18, 2011 - 6:31AM

    hmm.. only if the government of pakistan.. its army and ISI were sincere and had right policies.. the day would not have come. With strong action against millitants and other terrorist organisation like LeT things would have been so much better. why to even support Talibans in afganistan when you know they are barbaric.. why to play with controversial law when you know it is dangerous. Its time pakistan has right policy so that no thrid country comes cleaning their mess.
    But sadly some people in authority are more comfortable with flawed ‘strategic depth’ policy with blinkers on their eyes and dare i say still happy to continue it. Recommend

  • Omar Yousaf
    Mar 18, 2011 - 6:55AM

    Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar.
    You’re gonna go far, fly high,
    You’re never gonna die,
    you’re gonna make it if you try
    they’re gonna love you

    and did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
    we call in riding the gravy train

    Pink Floyd 1975Recommend

  • Akhtar Rao
    Mar 18, 2011 - 7:40AM

    Brutal act by the superpower against the armed less people is really shameful to the entire world.
    in the name of terrorists they are eliminating generation.This is the government policy,I would suggest to read ” OBAMA ‘S WAR” the author quoted Zardari” collectors damage worries you ( American) not me. It is being done on behalf of our so called democratic government.
    American and the current government must remember that this is the world,and every one has to pay sooner or later.

    Shameful power show off,never saw in life.Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2011 - 8:06AM

    General Kayani, Sir ! My admiration for your professional competence, strategic planning and initiative was beyond measure. Now it is history. Not that it matters to you in anyway. These symbolic pronouncements are nothing but “protests of an outward nature rather than an inward introspection.” Forty plus lives are a reality and not a record of the Federal Bureau of Statistics. Salams for ever. Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2011 - 8:37AM

    Cherish Raj: Do you even have any idea of the actual feelings of the Japanese and South Korean people (not the governments) towards the Americans? Are you familiar with the Okinawa protests? Recommend

  • Irfan
    Mar 18, 2011 - 8:45AM

    Army gets money for every wrong murder and get less money for right murder

    so if real taliban dies ,army makes less money and if innocent lives die ,army can cash more dollars.

    I still believe ,problem is getting bigger in punjab provinces where tehrik group is active.

    Although they are loyal to isi but at times they get crazy attacking masters .

    But point is that,these tehrik group are pakistan backup for post afganistan which includes haqaqnni network!!

    punjab tehrik group including lashkar and JUD groups would be used agasint india in even of problems.

    so i see pakistan no way changing its policy.Even in WOT pakistan is yet to make right policy and clean the mess!!Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2011 - 9:09AM

    I’d written about Raymond Davis earlier, here.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 18, 2011 - 9:25AM

    where is Pak Army? They are sleeping? They dont have the capacity to counter strike a drone?
    Wake up Soldiers, to condemn is not enough, your Job is beyond that…Recommend

  • LOL
    Mar 18, 2011 - 9:36AM

    It’s amazing how many Pakistanis are so angry about the drone strikes. Yes, there is collateral damage but the people these drones are targeting are the same people your military has not one ounce of courage to face. Pakistan’s military just wants to fight India. India’s too busy growing its economy so the Pakistani military wants to keep loading up on new arms.

    The Americans are doing the job you wish your own army did. These are the same people who come in and blow up your towns and cities. How hypocritical can you be?

    Thank America for taking out your trash because your people don’t have the guts to. America spends billions of dollars in Pakistan and wants some return on its investment. So not only does America give Pakistan’s military lots of shiny new toys, they also fight what the Pakistani Army should be fighting.

    If you want to be mad at someone look at your own army. Recommend

  • Saad
    Mar 18, 2011 - 9:46AM

    “An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last.”

    -Winston ChurchillRecommend

  • Jawad Iqbal Jawad
    Mar 18, 2011 - 9:47AM

    The dead nations who let CIA agents kill their citizens and provide them with safe way to back to their homeland are treated like this. This is gratitude paid to Pakistani nation on the release of Raymond Davis. This is the gift for our political and military leadership who are sponsored by USA. Recommend

  • jameszahid
    Mar 18, 2011 - 9:57AM

    Paani paani ho gaya sun ker Qalander ki ye baat
    Tu jhuka jab ghair key aagey, na tann tera na mann
    Apney mann main dub kay pa ja suragh-e-zindagi
    Tu agar mera nahi banta, na ban, apna tou bann

    Ghulami main na kaam aati hain shamsheerain, na tadbeerain
    Jo ho shok-e-yaqeen paida tou cut jaati hain zanjeerain
    Koi andaza ker sakta hai iss kay zor-e-bazu ka?
    Nigha-e-mard-e-momin say badal jati hain taqdeerain

    Aey Tair-e-Lahooti, uss rizq say mout achi
    Jis rizq say aati ho, parwaz main kotahiRecommend

  • jibran hayat
    Mar 18, 2011 - 10:14AM

    seems like war game for them!! sitting on computers take the lives of innocent people !
    and our government just incompetent to limits!!! Recommend

  • Maximus
    Mar 18, 2011 - 10:22AM

    We people of Pakistan strongly condemn this kind of crimes against humanity and state of affairs presented by both Pakistan and USA governments.

    Bodies of innocent civilians are buried under one liner by representatives of Pakistan Government who are bound to protect its civilians.

    Pakistan belongs to Proud Pakistanis and,

    We demand a No Fly Zone over Tribal Belt of Northern Areas of Pakistan.

    No aircraft should be allowed in Pakistan air space.Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Mar 18, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Best way to end this fiasco is to handover all the country’s security paradigms to the US and completely dissolve the military. Start a new life as proud client state of the US, believe me its not in sargastic sense. You will see the results with respect to economy, democracy and national image.Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Mar 18, 2011 - 10:33AM

    This was America’s show of thanks and gratefulness to its loyal servants for the release of Davis…
    The PPP-PML(N) government, since both are two faces of the same rotten coin, have blood of every innocent civilian (including the three in Davis incident) killed…
    I dont want to imagine the kind of punishments Allah has reserved for these cockroachesRecommend

  • satyram
    Mar 18, 2011 - 10:35AM

    @endisnear; Why not ? your army can but then remember, US will not stop giving you people any Alms. You should understand that US dollar is more costlier than a pakistani life.Recommend

  • shafaqat ali
    Mar 18, 2011 - 10:59AM

    @Sukkur Saheb.. I think you are talking about the same tribal areas where a large SIkh community is living for years and they never complained. One can only realise the pain when get is directly. We can sit in our drawing rooms and comment peacefully blaming those who are being targetted.
    I agree they have weapons but hold on, who gave them these weapons and who made it their living. Don’t you think it was the same ruling elite, wasn’t it the same army. For god sake, feel for the people, save the country. Mark my words, it will keep growing unless we standby our Pushtoon brothers. Recommend

  • hassan tahir
    Mar 18, 2011 - 11:00AM

    Even Green Habib Jalib said:

    Hindustan bhi mera hai aur Pakistan bhi mera hai
    Lekin in donon mulkon mein Amrika dera hai

    Aid ki gandam kha kar ham ne kitney dhokey khai hain
    Poochh na hamne Amrika ke kitne naaz uthai hain

    Phir bhi ab tak wadi-e gul ko sangeenon ne ghera hai
    Hindustan bhi mera hai aur Pakistan bhi mera hai

    Khan Bahadur chhodna hoga ab to saath Angrezon ka
    Ta bah gareban aa pahuncha hai phir se hath Angrezon ka

    Macmilan tera na hua to Kenedy kab tera hai
    Hindustan bhi mera hai aur Pakistan bhi mera hai

    Yeh dharti hai asal mein, pyare, mazdooron dahqanon ki
    Is dharti par chal na sakegi marzi chand gharanon ki

    Zulm ki rat rahegi kab tak ab nazdik savera hai
    Hindustan bhi mera hai aur Pakistan bhi mera haRecommend

  • Imme
    Mar 18, 2011 - 11:26AM

    @hassan Tahir Gr8 mate !!Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Mar 18, 2011 - 11:42AM

    Now here are the facts…
    1] Pak army is the most weakest army on its wetern front as they are guarding only eastern front (Indian border)for last 63 years.
    2] Pak army choose wrong men as their startegic assest.
    3] pak army still confused about its strategic assest this gives opportunity to USA to enter Pak Airspace on westrn front. Which is cleary violation of country’s sovereignty and governement should punish its own army for allowing this but that time army was in government. :(
    4]Since pak army is the most unprofessional army, the current corrupt government has become much more weak. Guys chatting here won’t help as the pak army gave permission for drone attacks. Thanks.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Mar 18, 2011 - 11:52AM

    A thank you gesture from Obama for releasing his so called “DIPLOMAT”Recommend

  • JKS
    Mar 18, 2011 - 1:02PM

    why all sold leadership of pakistan is crying on drone attack .. are they need more dollars
    lets work USA freely and get dollars, usa have lot of dollars for Pakistan Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:16PM

    On whose dictates is our FO working, certainly not under the civilians so please apologize to the whole nation and those who were killed. All has been badly exposed in the case of Raymond Davis so stop fooling the nation. I foresee even some more lethal acts unless civilian leadership is not allowed to work freely. Stop winking towards other pillars and people in the Media Houses. Only true democracy, free judiciary (not the present one) and also free press (minus your injected persons) can drag the nation forward.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:18PM

    Pakistan Furious? What else these parasites can do.Recommend

  • JKS
    Mar 18, 2011 - 2:40PM

    ah great joke to shown reaction by pakistani sold leaders on drone attack.. do not worry america will pay you dollars for killing bechary pakistani awam .. USA have much dollars for our cowards and slave leaders Recommend

  • MK
    Mar 18, 2011 - 3:25PM

    GIFT of RD released. . .Recommend

  • sonu
    Mar 18, 2011 - 4:58PM

    @nina:
    Oh come on ,u think of devouring India?Recommend

  • patriotic pakistani
    Mar 18, 2011 - 10:35PM

    oh no know all of a sudden the government cares!Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Mar 18, 2011 - 11:25PM

    @Babloo:

    yeah…and the politicians are completely innocent in allowing the americans to do so. how many drone strikes were there in 2007-08 during musharraf? a few, at most. pliable civilian government enters and drone strikes begin. make the conclusions as you please.Recommend

  • Peace On Earth
    Mar 18, 2011 - 11:55PM

    @ Midnight Drummer: What is your point? I’m not understanding your comments.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Mar 19, 2011 - 1:22AM

    USA is the unwelcome guest, who does not leave easily.Recommend

  • Yusuf Ali
    Mar 19, 2011 - 11:10AM

    Have we ever asked ourselves some very simple questions?
    1. The security of every citizen against every external threat is the responsibility of our armed forces. If the Armed forces cannot meet their responsibilities, do they deserve to exist? Why don’t we court martial our Generals and shoot them for failing to protect our citizens.
    2. How do we call ourselves a country when other countries attack us and continue to kill our citizens. Even if they are terrorists or murderers, it is the responsibility of our security services to bring them to justice. What about all the women and children who get killed as collateral damage. Are they Pakistanis? Is this the value that the Pakistani state assigns to its citizens?
    3. Why is the Pakistan Government and its armed forces playing a double game. On one hand they aid and abet in the murder of their own people while on the other hand they protest and raise hue and cry when so many get killed.
    4. Are we a sovereign country?Recommend

  • zarik
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Whats the point of having such a large army that cannot even defend us?Recommend

  • H I
    Mar 20, 2011 - 4:27PM

    After ALL this, Pakistan is ANGERED so pls America apologise and things will go back to normal…. U must know by now how much we value the life our ppl!!!Recommend

  • khan
    Mar 21, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Any one alive there (Pakistan nuke command and control system) who can send a nuke to USA, so the final war could be start. because our army unable to protect us. get rid of this army and spend the money on the people of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Aamer
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:07PM

    Whatever happened to this fury?
    Im sure nobody in the US gave a damn about COAS or Pak Army.
    Maybe they just payed them off.Recommend

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