Drone attacks

Published: April 30, 2012

JUBAIL, SAUDI ARABIA: 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.

Masood Khan

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2012.

Reader Comments (3)

  • Kanwal
    May 1, 2012 - 1:19AM

    And exactly what is your argument to prove these drone attacks are proving useful to fight Taliban?
    The 40000 dead Pakistanis or the regiment of suicide bombers? And since when has USA been making Pakistan-friendly policies? I wish the world was as simple and nice as you seem to understand it to be.

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  • Sameer
    May 1, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Oh yes Taliban has been badly affected by drone. No wonder Taliban is still strong

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  • Shadowliner
    May 1, 2012 - 11:49PM

    @ Kanwal – I think you’d prefer drones as more useful when you compare the alternative – Pakistani ground forces fighting the Taliban. You think drones lead to collateral damage – well buddy you don’t know what collateral damage is unless you have witnessed army operations in insurgency areas. Take the example of Kashmir. So yes, between two evils, I think drones are the lesser evil than Pak army troops going from village to village – maiming and getting maimed.

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