ISLAMABAD: An American soldier, in a shooting spree in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, recently killed 17 innocent Afghan civilians and wounded several others. On September 23, 2010, US Judge Richard Berman sentenced Dr Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years of imprisonment for the ‘intent’ to murder US military officers in Afghanistan. On a similar note, Raymond Davis has still not been tried in any US Court for the killing of Pakistani nationals.
In all likelihood American ‘justice’ will prevail again with the awarding of a relatively light sentence to the American soldier. I wonder why different standards are applied to justice and human rights when it comes to Americans.
Dr Irfan Zafar
Published in The Express Tribune, March 27th, 2012.
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