Drone attacks and the HRCP report

Published: April 16, 2011
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KARACHI: According to its annual report for 2010, documenting rights abuses in the country, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has said that so far 957 people have lost their lives in US drone strikes. Also of late, the PML-N has come out strongly against the attacks and the JI and the PTI have done the same. However, according to several news reports, the Americans have told the Pakistanis point-blank that they do not intend to stop these attacks.

What is stopping the government from ordering the air force to shoot down the drones?

Raqim Haque

Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2011.

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  • Apr 16, 2011 - 9:46PM

    The military never appears to be under civilian control, but in this case, everyone suddenly beleives that the military is waiting on civilian orders before acting. Mr. Haque, you are pointing your fingers at the wrong people. Recommend

  • humayun ILAHI
    Apr 17, 2011 - 6:53AM

    they could but they wontand dont be naive he who pays the piper calls the tuneRecommend

  • Cautious
    Apr 17, 2011 - 6:46PM

    Approximately one month ago a two star general finally admitted that the drone attacks were highly successful and civilian casualties were rare. That article indicated that “many of those killed in drone strikes are hardcore elements and that a sizable number were foreigners” It also indicated “164 predator strikes had been carried out and over 964 terrorists killed. Of those killed, 793 were locals and 171 foreigners.” The only issue you army has with the drones is that the USA has expanded the target list to include Taliban currently protected by your govt. Those “good Taliban” are terrorist who cross the border to murder Afghans and your Allies but have made a deal with your govt for sanctuary and have agreed to not attack your govt. Your govt suddenly find itself in a position where the USA no longer needs it’s intel for drone attacks (no more bribes from the USA) – can’t honor it’s secret deals with Terrorist by protecting them from the USA (no more bribes from the Taliban) – and finds itself odd man odd in it’s own country. That’s what happens when your two faced and have no honor. Take control of your own territory or sit quietly on the sidelines.Recommend

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