Media watch: NATO, drones and sovereignty

Published: September 29, 2010
A file photo of a Nato-led coalition soldier firing during an operation against militants. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of a Nato-led coalition soldier firing during an operation against militants. PHOTO: REUTERS

Media watch is a daily round-up of key articles featured on news websites, hand-picked by The Express Tribune web staff.

Our rulers’ duplicity

The government’s complicity in such barbarous killings of its own citizens is outrageous and must be strongly condemned. People are asking the question what it is that Islamabad has bartered away its sovereignty for? It is little wonder that the PPP and the President’s reputation has hit an all time low. (

Decoding the raids

There is no published limit to how far ISAF forces may go in ‘hot pursuit’ — indeed there is no published agreement between our government and ISAF that they are going to be allowed ‘hot pursuit’ anyway. The interior minister was evasive about the matter when questioned about it in the Senate on Monday. (

Nato’s stance

While it is true that the militants recognise no borders and the terrain is uncertain, it is important for allies to respect each other’s mandate and territory. The only hope for effectively breaking the militant-terrorist nexus lies in close cooperation and coordination among the various stakeholders, including the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan. (

No more carrots?

Pakistan must stop providing safe havens to the Afghan Taliban. This policy has run its course and sooner or later the ‘carrot and stick’ policy will give way to a big stick only. We cannot afford to alienate the US and its western allies at a time when our economy is in tatters, the floods have proved to be one of the biggest natural disasters in our living memory, and we are fighting a war against the terrorists on our soil. (

Nato strikes inside Pakistan

The helicopter incursions point to a dangerous escalation. Public sentiments are already highly inflamed over relentless US drone strikes that have claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent Pakistanis. Incidents involving manned aerial strikes can only add fuel to the fire. (

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Reader Comments (4)

  • faheem
    Sep 29, 2010 - 5:25PM

    Such attacks on the our sovereignty should be strongly condemned. What a pity that we have such leaders that remain so calm and contended. While sovereignty of their motherland is continuously being compromised. Do these leaders have any respect for their motherland. I don’t think so !!!!!Recommend

  • Faizal Mohammed
    Sep 29, 2010 - 10:27PM

    If Pakistan is a soverign state, it should retaliate with decisive force. If it is a mere colony in the guise of a nation, it can continue to submit to this brazen incursions. Recommend

  • Jawad Rana
    Sep 30, 2010 - 1:35AM

    What sovereignty? US Drones are attacking the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan, a de facto state recognized by Pakistani government and army (Please see the agreement signed between Pakistani army and the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan: Even our government does not recognize its OWN sovereignty over this territory, how do you expect them to enforce any legitimacy when it comes to defending the land?

    And why are the same people who are protesting the drone strikes not offended when foreigners (Arabs, Chechens, Uzbeks) rape and plunder our ‘sovereign’ territory, slaughter our countrymen there without trials, establish no-go fiefdoms where nobody who disagrees with them dare enter, bomb our mosques, schools, and hospitals. Why do we accept that loss of sovereignty? Is it ok to lose sovereignty to your co-religionists no matter how barbarian they are? I am not supporting drone attacks, I am asking all rational Pakistanis to be equally vocal about these murderers inside our borders.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Oct 1, 2010 - 5:27PM

    The freshly created clueless mentioned above itself reveals its initiator and his ulterior motives.Recommend

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