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Direct energies towards other evils... By Masood

03 December, 2013

It has now been two weeks since the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and its political partners stopped the movement of trucks carrying NATO equipment being withdrawn from Afghanistan. Despite the blockade of NATO supplies, drone attacks have continued whenever a high profile target is identified. The world has failed to grasp the wisdom and argument put forward by Imran Khan and his partners that the US should not drone the terrorists; it is the Pakistan military's function to eliminate them. At the same time, he is unable to understand that, in view of the Pakistan military's inability to get to the terrorists holed up in inaccessible and hostile mountainous hideouts, drones are the only viable option. There is no point in blocking NATO forces' withdrawal supplies when there is no impact on drone strikes.

When Pakistan stopped NATO supplies in 2011 for seven months, the move yielded no results. Therefore, instead of wasting party workers' talents and energies on highways, Imran Khan should mobilise his party workforce for other useful tasks. Why do they not protest against the abduction and killings of teachers and paramedical staff helping with the vaccinations against polio? Why do they not protest against social evils such as sawara (young girls forcibly being married as part of punishment for a crime committed by their male relative) and against the bombing of girls' schools and health centres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas? Why do they not protest against those parties that joined hands to bar women from voting in Upper and Lower Dir during the May 2013 elections?

MASOOD KHAN
Jubail, Saudi Arabia

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