Dear leaders, if you can’t protect drone victims, let the K-P government do it

Published: December 5, 2013
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Considering it is your responsibility to look after Nabila Rehman, and other children like her, what have you done to protect her? PHOTO: REUTERS

Dear Mr Rana Sanaullah, Shahbaz Sharif and Pervez Rasheed, 

I write this piece in response to your criticism over the NATO supply blockade by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government.

Although Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) members would give complicated arguments regarding dignity, terrorism and radicalisation against your views, my focus is relatively simple.

Just take a look at the picture of Nabila Rehman showing a drawing she crafted over fear of drone strikes.

Nine-year-old Nabila Rehman shows her drawing on drone strikes at the start of a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Gentlemen, I do not know if drones kill terrorists. I do not know if they are counterproductive. I do not know if drone strikes are causing radicalisation in the society.

What I do know is that this girl lives in fear.

Instead of crafting happiness, she is crafting fear.

Any ethical, democratic government would claim it to be their responsibility to protect her. Considering it is your responsibility, what have you done to protect her? What have you done to protect thousands of other children like Nabila who are crafting fear in their drawings?

You might be right in your argument that the K-P government and protesters are taking unconstitutional measures by blocking the Nato supply route.

But have you left them with any other choice?

Supporters of Pakistan’s Islamist party Pasban hold placards as they shout anti-American slogans during a protest in Karachi October 23, 2013, against US drone attacks in Pakistan. Photo: Reuters

We saw our prime minister’s (PM) silence over drones in his visit to the US.

We saw how much credibility there is in the statements of the adviser to PM on foreign affairs.

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington October 23, 2013. Photo: Reuters

Is there anything else left to prove that the PML-N government is no different to PPP when it comes to foreign policy?

Haven’t we seen enough already?

Students gather at the site of a suspected U.S. drone strike on an Islamic seminary in Hangu district, bordering North Waziristan, November 21, 2013. Photo: Reuters

You say taking US aid and stopping drones cannot happen together.

Well, the K-P government has already shown that they can take US aid and side by side, stop the Nato supply routes in protest. At least they are sending a message conveying our resentment to the world in general and the US in particular.

What has the federal government done to fight Nabila’s fears? We haven’t even seen any meaningful measures to stop drone strikes.

This is my humble request to the federal government — if you are not doing anything meaningful to end Nabila’s fears, please do not criticise those who are willing to fight for her.

I do not stand by any particular party. I stand by whoever is fighting against the terror Nabila faces.

Shoaib Saleem

Shoaib Saleem

A graduate from the Australian National University pursuing Chartered Accountancy as a career and seeking peace within my soul. I am currently based in Sydney. He tweets @ShoaibAdmani (twitter.com/ShoaibAdmani)

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  • Noman Ansari

    Plot twist: Imran Khan drew that stuff.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    OK my turn. 54 people were killed and 256 people injured in the Marriott bombing. The financial loss to our country was immense both in short and long term.

    Did we catch these psychopaths? No.

    In 2009 Al-Qaeda’s operation chief and his top aide were killed by hell from above. It was a missile from a US drone.

    These two people were the masterminds of the Marriott attack.

    Since the Marriott attack in 2008, why didn’t we take out these criminals? Because we can’t. We don’t have the technology and we don’t have the capability to reach these remote areas.

    If we can’t do it, I am sure as hell glad that America is doing it.

    It is easy to buy into the propaganda of Imran Khan who shows use the heartbreaking side effects.

    But we are at war. Make no mistake.

    Do we need more Marriott attacks?

    Never forget.

    If we can’t maintain justice, then a few drones here and there are what prevent things from boiling over. Or do you want all the malls and hotels to be blown by militants?

    PTI keeps saying that America should grab these criminals and prosecute them. Well, why should they risk their troops? Why doesn’t Asad Omar just go in and swoop the militants?

    This is war and in war you need some waars to survive, and not the Bilal Lashari kind.Recommend

  • Call me Taliban Khan

    You can judge the character of a nation, by the value it put to the live of each living soul. I can already see the so called liberals lamenting you for writing this and that the terrorist kill more people than drones therefore it is perfectly OK to look the other way when such pictures emerge.Recommend

  • Faraz Talat

    ..and who is protecting our victims of terrorism, while PTI is basically trying to pardon the terrorists of their crimes against our people?

    Abandon all hope of nuance, all ye who tread in Khan’s wake.Recommend

  • Junaid Atique

    Think for a second. there is a drone in your area and it is there for 3 to 4 times a day. Every time you hear a sound of drone, you don’t know for which one it is coming for. You know it could be you, your father, your mother or your brother. Any one can be killed without any reason. There will be no courts, no legal proceedings, just a result and if you are innocent, an innocent child like Tariq Aziz,, you will be remembered as ‘Potential terrorist’.
    Think for a second that it was Wasiristan first, then KPK. It could fly to Punjab, Sindh or any other part of Pakistan. It can kill anyone, anybody, anywhere in Pakistan, and there will be no justice. So raise your voice before it gets to you!Recommend

  • Haris Javed

    Aptly put!! My fellow chartered accountant i totally agree .. .
    PTI’s actions might not produce any output but federal government has not done anything to avoid this.. .
    drones are nothing but extrajudicial summary executions.. . they are just wantons and criminal killing spree.. . The number of countries in which the US Special Operations Command is operating has risen from 40 to 120. This war on terror is mutating and growing to endless route.. .
    So far 951 civilians are estimated to have been killed in drone attacks in Pakistan alone, and just 2% of casualties are “high value” targets, the rest of 98% are people like nabila.. .Recommend

  • IceSoul

    Why don’t you come back to the land of the pure first buddy?Recommend

  • Proletarian

    Oh Yes. Leta mourn the innocent victims of drones like Hakimullah Mehsud. They need our protection. We MUST defend them.
    Why would anyone want to protect the victims of drones like Hakimullah Mehsud and his Takfiri Taliban terrorists? Do you realize that you are calling for the protection of people who have killed thousands of Pakistanis? Are you a sectarian terrorist sympathizer? You claim to care for Nabila, but what about the families of the tens of thousand killed by the Taliban? Are they less Pakistani? Less Human? Was their murder justified? The Taliban must be destroyed. Do not defend them by hiding behind a child.Recommend

  • rasgullah

    If you are so concerned about the people in K-P, why are you abroad?Recommend

  • Malangeee

    Wot a logic!!! who has given u the right to avenge Nabila and other, for deeds of TTP???

    You are infact justying TTP as for u to kill Nabila’s Grandma is OK i pursuit of terorists and for them murdering of innocent Pakis is ok in their pursuit of strategic targets or opponents…

    Keep droning FATA & KPK, and keep getting bombed…

    War begets War…Recommend

  • Mlangee

    He is sending in remittance to feed u poor people… Thank him!!Recommend

  • Tahir

    So you agree what is written above on drones? Who is not protecting Pakistanis from dying in this war while not understanding the root-causes of terrorism, action-reaction phenomena and by licking american shoes? Who? Do some soul searching please.Recommend

  • Omair Shahid

    i agree with you but this doesn’t mean that USA has the right to do drone strike where ever they want all the writer is saying that instead of pointing fingers the government to do something about it.Recommend

  • 123xyz

    then you should blame your leaders for that. they are harboring international terrorists in your country. haqqani network’s 2 guys have been killed by drones in your country recently. they had been sanctioned by UN. what were they doing there? instead of attacking drones you should attack terrorists. no?

    dont try to be innocent.Recommend

  • 123xyz

    drones are highly accurate. do you want to know the percentage of collateral damage if the area is carpet bombed?
    think about it.Recommend

  • Faraz Talat

    If terrorism is a stem to which drone attacks are a “root cause”, isn’t it weird how the stem has been there even before the root arrived?

    Please. Let us deal in facts, not canards.Recommend

  • bangash

    PTi is only engaging in lawlessness and poking its nose in subjects which are outside of provincial domain.Recommend

  • nyx

    A very well written article. A proud peoples of a proud democratic nation would stand up for these victims and say “No!” To foreign occupation. But apparently this is not the case with some Pakistanis..I..amszing isnt it?Recommend

  • Guest

    Thanks my friend for living in a “Gora” country and not becoming a “Brown Gora” aka drone apologist aka Pakistani Liberal aka Pakistani Secular aka Pakistani spokesperson of US.

    Drone Apologists: Drones are good and bombs are bad
    Taliban Apologists: Bombs are good and drones are bad
    Ordinary Pakistanis: Bombs and drones both are bad. Both must be stopped whether by use of force or otherwiseRecommend

  • Usman Azam

    Shame on you, the situation in Pakistan does not warrant for an intelligent man to return now with all his family. But he is better than most of us particularly those who leave snide comments on online newspapers in that at least he is trying to raise awareness of America’s war crimes.Recommend

  • Usman Azam

    Being at war does not warrant losing your self respect and allowing a foreign force to kill civilians within your borders. As intelligent as you are, you must know that drone attacks simply inflame the fires of extremism.Recommend

  • Hamza

    Drones target militants who have killed 50,000 Pakistanis. Is the blood of Drone victims more precious than that of Taliban victims?
    Name ONE war in which NO innocent civilian was caught in the cross-fire and killed?
    What other method of taking out these militants would you suggest? Military operation? Civilians would get killed in that as well…and besides, your precious Imran Khan would not let THAT happen either.
    Should we just surrender to these barbaric Taliban?
    Why can’t you see that the damage done by the Taliban is far greater than that done by Drones? Oh wait…….You don’t even live in Pakistan.Recommend

  • YK

    Think for a second. there is a SUICIDE BOMBER in your area and it is there for 3
    to 4 times a day. You don’t hear a sound of SUICIDE BOMBER, you don’t know
    for which one it is coming for. You know it could be you, your father,
    your mother or your brother. Any one can be killed without any reason.
    There will be no courts, no legal proceedings, just a result and if you
    are innocent, an innocent child which are in thousands, you will be remembered
    as ‘JUST ANOTHER CIVILIAN KILLED BY TERRORIST’.
    Think for a second that it was Wasiristan
    first, then KPK. It is already in Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Balochistan or any other part of
    Pakistan. It can kill anyone, anybody, anywhere in Pakistan, and there
    will be no justice. So raise your voice before it gets to you! or let the DRONE kill him before he makes any move.Recommend

  • Xara

    Don’t say ‘We can’t”… in fact we don’t want to. You might be aware of the fact that drone only attacks where there is a chip. Who places that chip, if we are unaware of their whereabouts.Recommend

  • Xara

    Why drones don’t kill all of the militants. Why they are in process of killing since ages? Stopping drone is just ending up TTP’s excuse of ‘war begets war’ and giving negotiations a chance. I.K never said that TTP is justified in its acts he just says that don’t give them more excuses to burn this country down.Recommend

  • Faisal Ashfaq

    lolx so what actually you are saying is that one should give the keys of their home to some outsider if they can’t manage it . Great thoughts =DRecommend

  • Usman Azam

    Trying to justify America killing civilians because the Taliban kill them is abhorrent. Drones only flame the fires of extremism.Recommend

  • YK

    No body is agreeing with you and the article because of your flawed logic/argument of action and reaction. So if a drone(USA) kills a “TERRORIST I MEAN TERRORIST who are responsible for mass murder” (BTW which PTI and the likes consider a martyr) then its a justified reaction to kill Pakistani civilians (in far far far greater number) AND why are we harboring these TERRORIST. Why all these animals are found in Waziristan and other parts of KPK. Why PTI GOVT in KPK not doing anything about them. If they are so worried about the civilian deaths why don’t they flush out these terrorist living among civilians so that there won’t be any justification for drone attack. If you harbor terrorist and you do nothing about them then world is not going to wait for another 9/11 to happen. So either you clean up the mess or shut up when a DRONE does it for you. AND BTW why don’t the PTI protest in public or streets for victims of terrorist attacks? because like their leader they are bunch of cowards and they would rather lick the shoes of terrorist then protest against them because they cannot afford price of diapers they would be needing every minute with fear of terrorist attacking them. So keep following your dumb arguments and protests and this nation is going to fall hard on his head.Recommend

  • unbelievable

    So exactly how is the KP govt going to stop drone attacks?

    .

    You closed off NATO supplies for months in an attempt to extort a simple apology and that didn’t work out so well – partly because the USA stopped trusting Pakistan long before and moved the vast majority of supplies through the longer more expensive Northern Route – they haven’t changed that and the number of troops is getting lower daily – your leverage just doesn’t exist.

    .

    Chest thumping and Anti American blather is popular in Pakistan – long on emotion and short on logic.
    .

    You want to get rid of the drone attacks – get rid of the terrorist.Recommend

  • Afghan Istan

    Think for a second. Pakistan is a nation with the 2nd highest number of uneducated people in the world, and with all of these people needing schools Pakistan still spends money on nukes.

    Think for a second. Pakistan is hated in Afghanistan. Pakistanis are despised in Bangladesh. Relations with India are as bad as they have been in years and only getting worse. And Pakistan’s relationship with the US is headed for certain collapse. All the while Pakistan is locked in a civil war and Hakimullah, a man who murdered his own people, is called by some Pakistanis a martyr. A MARTYR! The shame!

    Think for a second. Pakistan has been invading Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass for more than fifteen years and it was the ISI that helped “mullah” Omar and the Taliban come to power and yet all Pakistanis can say is “so what”. How many tens of thousands of Afghanis have you slaughtered, Pakistan? Or do you even care? And of course all Pakistan does is complain about how unfair it is now that Afghanistan is fighting back with the aid of the US. Sixty-seven Pakistani civilians killed in US airstrikes mainly because Taliban use women and children as shields and Pakistanis cry in outrage. And yet for every one of your dead Afghanistan has more than 1,000 murdered by Pakistani invaders and more than 10,000 displaced.

    Now please add your thumbs down. Maybe one for every thousand Afghans killed at the hands of Pakistani invaders.Recommend

  • Proletarian

    Even if nabilas story is true fact remains that the americans did not kill her grandma on purpose. They were trying to kill terrorists. Our enemies. The Taliban however do kill innocent people on purpose, they revel in it. They cannot be allowed to kill with impunity. There must be retaliation. Qasas.
    Thosands of Taliban have been killed in the drone strikes. Think of the damage they would have done if they were not killed. The drones may well have saved thousand of Pakistani lives.Recommend

  • Proletarian

    Total War must be waged against the Taliban by our army. There is no other solution. If we do not have the guts for that then drones are the only option. This common sense. That is why our govt ALLOWS drone strikes.Recommend

  • Proletarian

    Dont sympathize with terrorists and try to justify their crimes pleaseRecommend

  • Identity hidden

    well i just hope that no terrorist is sitting near your home,

    i that case when drone strikes your family will also be get involved, and i dare you to say it collateral damage…. its easy to say when ur relatives and family is not effecting… Recommend

  • MK

    you convinced an indian here lol :)Recommend

  • aaaaa

    Only one problem with this entire argument. Stoping NATO supply will never stop drone strikes. And thus helps Nabila Rehman in no way whatsoever.Recommend

  • ATIQ

    Great Write Up….they need common man support who thinks beyond Politics….Recommend

  • Kublai

    ‘There will be no courts,no legal proceedings’ Time to pull
    your head out of the hole. Your poor little sanctimonious
    diatribe is pathetic. It would be better if you come out of the
    closet as a supporter of Khan and his cohorts,mass murdering
    thugs. Including Hitler’s grandson.
    who just arrived back to meet his drone destiny.Recommend

  • Kublai

    Excellent riposte ! Thank you so much !Recommend

  • Kublai

    Please, a request : refer to him as LOMC [Leader of Mentally Challenged ]Recommend

  • x

    You’re definitely not funny. So answer is drone ’em all?Recommend

  • jamshed_kharian_pak

    Nawaz Sharif & company will never do anything against the drone attacks it’s not their concern, third time PM of Ir Pakistan will pass 5years like zardariji !!!Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    BTW, that 2% Statistic refers to Terrorist commanders! NOWHERE is there any reporting that the other 98% are innocent civilians!
    By your reasoning, any terrorist/militant/extremist carrying (and using) RPGs, AK-47s, suicide vests, heavy machine guns etc etc while slaughtering Pakistanis are ALL actually “innocent civilians”!!!Recommend

  • gp65

    good point. Moreover, when the army does try to deal with the issue through PAF sorties, it results in more not less innocent people dying and their property being destroyed rather than drones which are targeted.

    Also Americans are not allowed in FATA and KPK – so who is giving the co-ordinated to US? This might not be the violation of sovereignty that some claim it is.Recommend

  • gp65

    The remittances that most people send are for use of their own families. They cannot be utilized by the government. To feed poor people.

    Having said that the original point lacks merit. The mportant issue is to evaluate whether the idea has merit or not. It should not matter where in the world the idea comes from. Recommend

  • bob

    I am against drones strikes where innocent civiilians are killed. But I am amsl against suicide attacks by these terrorists where innocent civillinas are killed. These terrorists are the root cause of all the problems . The sooner these terrorists are killed, the sooner suicide killings of innocent civillinas will end. And similarly the drone strikes will end. I mourn each and every civillin who is killed by a drone strike just like I mourn eachand every civillian who is killed by terrorist suicide bombings!!!!Recommend

  • bob

    What about suicide bombings and target killings by terrorists? They can occur any time without warning and your father, brother, sister or mother can be killed. Let us get rid of terrorism under any manner.Recommend

  • bob

    I agree that all foreign terrorist in Pakistan must be destroyed for peace and harmony to prevail.Recommend

  • bob

    The root cause of terroism is a belief in a fanatical and perverted version of Islam and not the Islam that was taught by Prophet Muhammad(SAW)Recommend

  • gp65

    Great points. Also for those concerned about ‘collateral damage’, when the PAF sorties carpet bomb, there is far more collateral damage.

    Secondly, the notion Imran says that if US wants it should prosecute people concerned. How would it do that unless Pakistan hands over the Haqqanis and Quetta Shura to US. For the longest time US has been asking Pakistan to drive. These people out of safe havens in NWA but Pakistan has been unwilling to do so. And if the question is to prosecute terrorists in Pakistan then the track record on that is pretty clear. No serious attempt has been made to hold the people responsible for 26/11 accountable. OBL was comfortably enconsed in Abbotabad and Dr. Haqqani in Isalamabad.

    So what does Imran expect – that US will allow Pakistan land to be used to kill its soldiers in Afghanistan and it will simply twiddle it’s thumb?

    If along with stopping the drones, Imran also instructed his police to round up all the terrorists and thus deny them safe haven at least in KPK, he would have much more credibility.

    Recommend

  • gp65

    Remittances are for use of family of the person concerned usually. They are not tax which government can use as it wills on poverty removal schemes. So people sending remittances are not doing a fair to anyone else.

    Having said that, I do agree that it is irrelevant where a person lives, one should evaluate ideas on their merit and agree or disagree based on facts and logic. So there is no merit in criticising someone simply because they live abroad.
    Recommend

  • Malangee

    Like sender’s family doesnt pay any indirect taxt.. Like, the remittance has no effect on dollar value, and like dollar value has no impact upon import and like oil is not the major component of our imports, and like there wont b any hike in price of oild it dollars goes up and like it doesnt effect inflation… And, like hyperflation doesnt send anyone into furhter poverty…

    We have 60% people living on 2$ a day… a minute increase in oil price make their life hell..Recommend

  • amoghavarsha.ii

    Drone Apologists: know what they want , they want ending terrorist
    Taliban Apologists: Know what they want, they want taliban rule
    Ordinary Pakistanis: Know what they want, they don’t know what they want .Recommend

  • Proletarian

    Be honest. You Taliban sympathizers will be frothing at the mouth if Waziristan “Emirate” is invaded by our or the american’s army and when their madressas are broken into and murderous mullahs and their footsoldiers killed in droves. Because thats what its going to take. Remember Lal Masjid? Remeber OBL? You guys hate it when terrorists are killed. It doesnt matter what method is used to kill them. Stop pretending its about drones.Recommend

  • Omair Shahid

    Dear Bob drones they are doing more damage than creating any solutions let the Pakistani government deal with this problem USA should stop interfering in pakistan’s problemRecommend

  • Proletarian

    @gp65
    “So what does Imran expect – that US will allow Pakistan land to be used to kill its soldiers in Afghanistan and it will simply twiddle it’s thumb?”

    Well to be honest that IS the normal Pakistani reaction to terrorist attacks against it’s own people, soldiers and civilians both. So probably they expect every government in the world do the same.Recommend

  • Proletarian

    We have pandered to extremists ever since this country was founded. Now its high time we get rid of them. Stop being afraid of them.Recommend

  • nazish

    4 terriorists get killed and 96 innocent people …… so its ok if we drone building because there were killers living there and rest of innocent people dead is ok colateral damage darling riteRecommend

  • Noman Ansari

    “Being at war does not warrant losing your self respect and allowing a foreign force to kill civilians within your borders.”

    Absolutely. And who are these militants if not a foreign force killing civilians?Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    “you must know that drone attacks simply inflame the fires of extremism.”

    That’s the question. Why are they flaming these fires while the actual militants aren’t?Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    Better than losing your house, right? If god forbid, criminals broke into your house Faisal, would you call the police and stay home taking care of dignity?Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    And the militants killing innocents flame no fires?Recommend

  • Haris Javed

    dear number cruncher i think you didn’t get the gist of what i wanted to say.. . may be you were too preoccupied with your thoughts for commenting something vile!!Recommend

  • charanjeet maan

    Drones target terrorists, terrorists target innocent Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Ahmad Bilal

    Shift your family to Waziristan and then I will support you. you who have the habit of forgetting the past let me remind you and tell you the simple logic which by the way you guys can easily understand because you don’t like it. I remember as a grown up in 2002-4 the hatered people had for U.S and Musharraf because He was doing everything he could to make Pakistan US’s slave. He handed over people without any interrogation to the US agencies operating in Pakistan. The people were picked from streets and God forbid even from Hospitals. Even the Security forces men who were arresting them were not felt happy about it because they knew they were following wrong orders and I and many relatives of mine are eye witness of one incident. I am from a modest family and an engineer now but in those days I felt so disgraced that at one time I started thinking to join a Jehadi group to fight these morons who were treating people like their dogs but you can’t understand this feeling because you seems to me a fan of CS Miami and other crap. Anyways time went on and one day we heard our troops under US pressure are ordered to sent in Waziristan and that was the time when none of us heard of sucide bombings and shit. I remember my seniors were not supporting this move, I heard them saying that Musharraf is going to do such a disgrace to the armed forces and people and the effects of this move will be tough. I couldn’t understand what the hell they are saying. Now I do. Our leadership instead of taking locals into consideration to engage the foreign elements to keep them out of area started sending troops to engage them, local tribes didn’t like it. Some of them started joining the what was then few hundred men. Those men were locals, gurellas, who fought forces before, who knew their difficult area. Our troops couldn’t get them, then comes the Cobra and f-16, clear the area at any cost no matter if civilians die. They bombarded and bombarded and bombarded, militants were killed but so were civilians. Locals left the area and secretly started joining the terrorists. The once small group then grown up to many local war-loads. Enters the drone, a machine that is said to target specifically. It started bombarding as well. For few hundred they killed thousands and produced militants exponentially. Anyone who could think logically would conclude that this has become a chain process now. If you want to stop this madness you have to start from one issue, resolve it and then come to next issue and resolve it. But guys like you will never understand it because you like Battlefield and Medal of honor and you would rather reach a “game over” situation and only fight to protect what now has become your “honor” You guys don’t like to negotiate. You like action to consume our country one day. People are dying stop this game which is being played for 9 years now. Tell me why isn’t the intensity and frequency of sucide bombings the same it used to be before the NATO blockage or before the talks were about to be held? Stop drones, disengage from this war on terror your country will come to peace, otherwise keep on playing for your so called honor and eventually “GAME OVER”.Recommend

  • Ahmad Bilal

    With your logic, this will never end. Stop drones to give them a reason npt to do sucide attacks. Cease Fire will not do any harm to the country Sir! Our honor as a nation will not die if we play sensibly. And it is easy for you to support drones because your loved ones are not living in Waziristan.Recommend

  • Ahmad Bilal

    Not at the cost of killing civilians NO SIR! This makes us an extremists of the other end as well. And civilians are being crushed by these two ideologies.Recommend

  • Junaid Atique

    So there is an easy way for that, kill every Pakistani, this will solve all your problems.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    I voted for PTI and still stand behind Imran Khan more than anyone else.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Once again, the “gist” of what you are saying is not supported by any report or study on drone strikes!
    BTW, do you consider the heavily armed militants/terrorists who have slaughtered so many Pakistanis to be “people like nabila”???
    Maybe you are just too preoccupied with your hero worship of IKRecommend

  • Bim

    “Even if nabilas story is true fact remains that the americans did not kill her grandma on purpose. They were trying to kill terrorists.”

    Regurgitating talking points straight from the White House. They didn’t kill Nabila’s grandmother on purpose? So what? You’re buying right into the “collateral damage” argument coldblooded murderers often use. By your distorted logic, they an also be forgiven, because they don’t intend to kill civilians, they usually want to assassinate a particular person (often a police chief or political leader), and dozens of innocent people get blown away in the process. Is that also okay?

    It doesn’t matter who the target is… drones are a weapon that have killed hundreds of civilians in Pakistan (according to international human rights groups, like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch). Drones operate on very bad intelligence, so no matter how precise they might be, they end up killing innocents in the process.

    Standing up to one evil doesn’t mean you have to support another.Recommend

  • Proletarian

    We must be willing to do what needs to be done. This is war.Recommend

  • Kublai

    I take back my comment. You voted for a demagogue and
    supporter of murderersRecommend

  • anamt raja

    lol and you think the drone drama of IK will protect the drone victims. hahaha. it will worsen the situation.Recommend

  • 321

    i’m amazed at the extreme ignorance of the liberals on this issue. they’re all quick to point out that as long as the drones kill terrorists a few civilian deaths should be tolerated. apparently they don’t know that most of those killed by drones are civilians themselves not terrorists. i believe a stanford study said it was 80% civilians. in other words, the drones should be stopped.Recommend

  • Ammar

    Yes Think.. think there can be any suicide attacker in any Jaloos or gathering.. yes think.. But you don’t nuke the whole jaloos and say you MIGHT have killed a suicide bomber who MIGHT be in the Jaloos.
    hence the point in the original post. Get educated bro !Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    NOWHERE in the Stanford Study does it say 80% of those killed are civilians!!
    The study presents casualty figures which show the vast majority of those killed in drone strikes are militants!
    Recommend

  • Haris Javed

    LOL that has nothing to do with my obsession with IK!
    it is just that if drones are the only mechanism left in the world to prosecute criminals than you are requested to please settle your home in tribal areas (with safety guards surrounding your residence, if you feel the need be)
    and wait for your bird (drone) to come and bombard in your surroundings.. .Recommend

  • Faisal Ashfaq

    the only thing breaking into my house without any consent of mine are the flying killing machines and the police that I am trying to call is asking me to stay quiet else their pays will be blocked.Recommend

  • Faisal Ashfaq

    two wrongs never makes a right. on one hand if talibans are wrong then on the other the use of drone is also wrong. you cannot slaughter in the name of war.Recommend

  • War profiteer

    o yea I found them in my house! *I am shivering with fear, help me my best ally!*Recommend

  • Usman Azam

    The fact remains that drones will simply spread the militancy (as they already have) to the common people of FATA and KPK. A domestic solution be that diplomacy or military action is key. I have friends who have become so disillusioned by the inability of the Pakistani government to stand up to drone attacks that support for Pashtun separatism in their areas is yet again brimming.Recommend