Fall Over Of The Latest Stooge Of America Imminent And Fast ApproachingFebruary 18, 2010
PKKH Editorial | Mahru Khaled and MS
“In the summer of 2001 some Predators were equipped with two of Lockheed’s Hellfire AGM-114 laser-guided anti-tank missiles [$45,000 apiece]. So far there are four reported cases of the Predator-Hellfire combination being used. Two of these attacks resulted in the deaths of at least 13 innocent civilians.”
“On February 4, 2002, a Predator drone fired a Hellfire missile at ‘three tall men’ believed to be Al Qaeda members because they were clothed in long robes. The three men were later revealed to be poor people scavenging for metal in the Zhawar Kili battlefields. Families of the villagers were furious over the deaths of Daraz Khan, Jehangir Khan and Mir Ahmed. The 16 year-old niece of Daraz Khan said: “Why did you do this? Why did you Americans kill Daraz? We have nothing, nothing, and you have taken from us our Daraz.”
These are just few of the unheard stories of our beloved countrymen in tribal areas of Pakistan, who not only represent a very vital part of the nation’s stature, but also have stood by Pakistan in every hour of need and never have thought twice on giving any sacrifices for their homeland; who not only just live at one of our most mercurial borders but also assist our forces in guarding it.
Costing $ 4.5 million each of American taxpayers’ money, the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, considered by US Airforce to be a Tier-II vehicle, have
been operated by the CIA out of the Shamsi airfield to “attack militants” in Pakistan’s FATA. Not unexpectedly, the targets of these unmanned flying killers turn out to be grossly inaccurate, resulting in the loss of innocent civilian life.
One only wonders, is non-American human life so worthless for the US Govt. and its criminal wing CIA, that it doesn’t really matter to them if innocent men, women and children are killed, just because they ‘thought they should also kill the ones who could be potential terrorists or militants’?
It’s almost like a hobby for the American Govt. who kill viciously and then issue statements like *”We’re convinced that it was an appropriate target, [although] we do not yet know who it was” (Pentagon Spokeswoman Victoria Clark)*. Followed by ofcourse a celebration inside the Whitehouse for a job well done!
The real tragedy, however, is that this killing spree was not spread in our tribal areas without prior knowledge of our shameless government. Infact, these unmanned killer birds were actually allowed to be used on our Pakistani brothers in FATA by then President Pervez Musharraf, a deal that was later renewed by the present Zardari government as soon as he took powers. The Obama administration authorized an expansion of the CIA’s drone program in Pakistan’s tribal belt. What were once unacknowledged, relatively infrequent targeted killings of suspected militants or terrorists in the Bush years have taken the position of a norm now under the Obama/Zardari era.
Time and again, Pakistan’s civilian government has expressed like obedient slaves what is dictated by their imperial masters* “we do not have the technology to shoot the drones down”*. This sounds nothing more than an excuse, as recently, reports have been received of the tribals being successful in shooting down drones, on atleast 2 counts.
This is indeed a significant development, but is surely not the solution. The matter requires some gutsy, brave decisions to be made by the Zardari’s government immediately. This indifference towards our own countrymen by this inept or rather obliviously shrewd government must stop.
The drone issue is however a diplomatic one, and must be dealt with in the same terms. The PAF Chief recently announced that Pakistan Airforce has full capability to shoot down any unauthorised flying in Pakistani airspace, but cannot do so with the drones since it would risk sparking a diplomatic rift between the two countries, which could have severe repercussions on Pakistan’s foreign policy as of now.
Unless Pakistan’s civilian government takes a stand and allows the drones to be shot down, they cannot be shot down independently by PAF. It would essentially be a breach of contract. It is this contract that the government needs to re-think about. Government has to comprehend that this issue has the potential to make or break this government. If they stop the drones killing their own citizens, the Pakistani population will hail them, and if they continue to sleep over it, they can expect their end soon.
With the recent announcement of Pakistan’s Army Chief that the Army will not start a fresh anti-militant operation over the next 12 months, a move seen by some as a bold cold-shoulder to the relentless US pressure to ‘do more’, the Zardari government has suddenly found itself all alone, unable to do anything more than beg for mercy from the Americans to let them be. The Americans have a track record of brushing aside any asset that becomes a liability for them. This is what the present establishment has become for the Americans too – a liablility.
Adding to this failed government’s woes, is Pakistan’s newfound independent judiciary, which has already made decisions unprecedented in Pakistan’s history. To add to this, the social and political awakening that the media revolution has brought to the people of this country, is not going to help these clumsy polticians. The people of Pakistan are waking up, they want change, they want to see a nationalist, patriotic, selfless leadership, and
now, more than ever, they cannot be fooled into believing that pre-election false promises from this bandit government will come true. They have suffered and are suffering still, but they are now waking up to consciousness that getting rid of this government, although may not change things overnight, but may be the first step towards a better future.
Time is running out for Zardari and his partners in crime. The tables are turning. Pakistan now deserves an upfront sincere leader after all that it has been through in the last few years. The tide of reform and change is on its way, and has the potential to topple this government off its feet. We are waiting, and we know that we will not have to wait for too long now.