Pakistan Observer

Drones kill more innocents in SWA

Monday, December 03, 2012 - DESPITE strong opposition by Pakistan, US continue to launch missile strikes with intervals in different areas of FATA through its drones causing losses of innocent lives. On Saturday in a similar strike four people were killed and several others injured creating lot of resentment among the tribal people.

We believe that air space violation of Pakistani territory through drones is a humiliation of the country and its sovereignty. Though the US claims that the drones target only the leadership of al-Qaeda in the area but it is also a fact that majority of those killed are innocent civilians. There is now a recognition in the US that majority of al-Qaeda leadership has been either killed or they have shifted to other countries as they know that the whole attention of the US forces is on them in FATA. In order to avoid the drone attacks, the remnants of al-Qaeda on the Pak-Afghan borders might have also shifted to Afghanistan. Washington must realize that the drone attacks continue to erode US image and in fact there is more hostility among the civilians because Drones hover twenty-four hours a day over communities, striking homes, vehicles, and public spaces without warning. Their presence terrorizes men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilians. Those living under drones have to face the constant worry a deadly strike at any moment of leaving them powerless to protect themselves. It is therefore necessary that the US must reconsider its policy of unilateral drone attacks, give the technology and share intelligence with Pakistan to eliminate high key terrorists.
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