By A Khokar 25 January 2009
The provocative drone attacks of U.S Special Forces in FATA area are —-on as ever. Most of the Pakistanis had a hope that probably with the incoming of new U.S. administration headed by President Barrack Hussein Obama; the overall situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan may take a different turn. But another drone missile attack on last Friday on Pakistani territory has totally dashed all such hopes of any change in U.S. policies on our western borders.
The analysts say that biggest mistake Obama could make as president is to assume that American values or conduct are somehow superior to those of other countries, or that U.S. allies have greater rights than other countries. In other words, persisting in a foreign policy agenda that combines George W Bush like arrogance, ignorance and ordnance in a deadly combination would be his worst mistake.
In last one year alone, some two dozen drones’ attacks were carried out in FATA. This is a clear violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. Hundreds of innocent men women and children are massacred by drone attacks and their houses and other properties destroyed. On every drone attack the present Pakistan government is always seen stun but prefers to remain mum on the incident. They usually resort to some verbal rhetoric of a condemnation statement which shamelessly gives an impression that it is being done with their nod or a wink. This playing down tactics has proved to be counter productive by any standards.
Surely the drone attacks on Pakistan may not stop till such time that Pakistan Armed Forces retaliate to bring the predators down every time that Pakistan’s air spaces are violated or the local FATA people may lay hand on some shoulder fired stinger type anti aircraft missiles to take care of these attacks or the drones launching facilities in Afghanistan are raided.
Presently drones attacks are being conducted on the pretext that some local affiliates are offering sanctuaries to the Al-Qaeda fugitives in FATA. In case, the FATA victims choose their action at their own and openly raise arms; surely they would be seen as the terrorists liable to receive more fierce beatings. Any such action amounts to declaring the entire FATA area a terrorist den, which is the prime aim of this whole U.S. exercise in order to develop their pretext further to move in to Pakistani territory being hostile and at war against the West..
It is the paradox that Pakistan finds itself in. It is lose-lose situ for Pakistan at both the end. But enough is enough and looks like that a hell is about to break in Pakistan on the western borders as well as in Islamabad.
Habib jalib comes to mind:
Qatil kahaan badaltey hain Faqat Chehray badaltay hain
Ajab hey apna saffar keh Fasley bhi saath chaltey hain
I will try to translate to convey this message;
[My killers; they don’t change. Only their faces and flags are changed.
What a journey of mine? that my all the traversed spans and miles stones also travel with me]