A few days back our foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, while referring to the Parliamentary Committee on National Security’s (PCNS) demand that the US end drone attacks immediately, complained that the Americans are not heeding these demands. Ms Khar talked about alternative means to target militants in the tribal areas but did not elaborate much on the modalities. The Pakistan Army is doing its best to contain the Taliban but the result of their effort is known to all — they purge one area of militants to find that there is now trouble in another area.
I do not know who the PCNS is trying to fool. We all know that the US has been using drones to eliminate the Taliban with the consent of the Pakistani government and the military. Therefore, there is no point in crying foul as drone attacks have proved to be the best strategy to deal with the Taliban. Facts cannot be changed with speeches and resolutions. We need to eliminate the Taliban before they eliminate us.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2012.