CIVIL SOCIETY PAKISTAN

May 15, 2008

A grave provocation – US KILLS PAKISTANI WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND MUSHARRAF SAYS “GO AHEAD”

Filed under: NEW GOVERNMENT AFTER MARCH 24-2008 — civilsocietypakistan @ 11:14 pm
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THE NATION

MAY 16, 2008

EDITORIAL

FEW would be willing to buy the claim that the 14 tribesmen killed in the US missile attack in Bajaur Agency were militants including foreigners, rather than common tribesmen, because similar claims made after the January 2006 attack on the village subsequently turned out to be false. Bajaur being a part of Pakistan, the attack constitutes a hostile act. It was altogether uncalled for, as a tripartite commission comprising military representatives from Pakistan, US and Afghanistan is already in place to share information. In case Washington possessed any actionable report regarding the presence of militants in the area, the best way would have been to pass it on to Islamabad for action. Any military operation by a foreign agency inside Pakistan constitutes a violation of its sovereignty and cannot be allowed. The attack comes at a time when both federal government and the NWFP administration are working hard to engage the militants to bring peace to the tribal areas. As a result of these efforts, the incidence of violence in the region has considerably come down while there is also a respite to suicide attacks in the rest of Pakistan. It was being hoped that an improvement in the law and order situation would lead to the economic and social development of the region which would enable the government to win over hearts and minds of the tribesmen. Once this had been achieved it would be possible to isolate whatever few troublemakers remained in the area. This would not only be good for Pakistan but also for Afghanistan.
A NATO spokesman has meanwhile called on Islamabad to improve security on its border with Afghanistan, claiming that there was a rise in crossborder attacks by Taliban fighters and Al-Qaeda militants. The complaint regarding lack of “enough effectiveness in border control” from Pakistan is not new as it was also made when over 70,000 Pakistani troops were guarding the Pak-Afghan border. The crossborder movement takes place from both sides of the Durand Line and it is as much the responsibility of NATO military commanders to stop it by adequate manpower, as that of Pakistan army. As most NATO countries are unwilling to provide the required number of troops for political reasons, the military alliance has failed to do perform its part of the task.
The statement by the ISPR spokesman, indicating he had no information about the incident, is surprising. It is disturbing that the Army, which is supposed to defend the country, should remain unaware while US drones enter Pakistan’s territory and attack its citizens. There is a need on the part of the militants also to realize the need to cooperate with the elected government which genuinely wants to bring peace through talks. They have to cease activities that endanger peace or cause provocations.

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