Pakistan News Service

Monday Apr 21, 2014, Jumada-al-thani 20, 1435 Hijri
Logo Logo
LATEST :
Pakistan News Home -> Letters To Editor -> News Details

Drones & Drones... By Col.(r) Riaz

22 December, 2013

There is a great deal of talk and much ado about the drones and almost everyone in the country seems to outdo the other in demanding them to be stopped. Some going to the extent of stopping the NATO supplies to compel and coerce the USA in abandoning the strikes. The cry was carried to the UN corridors where a unanimous resolution was passed the other day against the US drone strikes in foreign territories.

But will the US stop it? I don't think so. And, my next question is even at the risk of raking up the hornets' nest - should these be stopped? Like it or not, my most considered and rational answer is NO. Sensibilities apart, let's be realistic please, may I ask who are these drones being used against? Our friends or foes? Just recollect the horrendous, brutal and barbaric acts of their killing the innocent, old and children alike, all over and all p! laces, even while praying in mosques and other religious places!!! Can they be called friends of Pakistan by any stretch of imagination? Can Pakistan deal with them effectively and promptly on its own? Has Pakistan not asked for the drones and the drone technology to use them against the same very terrorists? If the drones are used by Pakistan will these not inflict any collateral damage? Is the collateral damage being caused by the present drones not bare minimum due to their improved target acquisition and precise navigational capabilities? And, the most important of all, if the strikes are stopped will it not allow complete freedom of movement and ample time to the terrorists to re-org and revamp, to plan, to move men and explosives etc. at leisure and execute more lethal and more horrendous attacks on the innocent and unwary Pakistanis all over the country? Or, do the PTI and other Taliban sympathizers think that the day drone strikes are stopped they will also stop the! ir nefarious activities the very same day?

As a matter of fact! we shou ld be thankful to the US for coming to our aid and spending millions of dollars on each drone strike which we can certainly never afford. At the same time Pakistan must continue intelligence sharing with the NATO and the Americans and carry out ground and air strikes of its own wherever feasible and possible to eliminate the terrorists and weaken their will and morale to fight any longer. Once that is achieved, talks could be held with them from a position of strength to redress their genuine grievances, if any. They must respect the writ of the government and not impose their own terms to negotiate.

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Rawalpindi

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
 
 
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Artilce 6 and Musharraf Trail
Blocking Nato supply line
  Quick Vote Show Results
Question: "In view of the current situation do you think Talks with Taliban should take place only within the ambit of Article 4 of Objectives Resolution that defines our Common Purpose i.e. PM/ President down to all Pakistanis to work till we achieve the rights of Democracy, Freedom, Tolerance and Social Justice for all Pakistanis:"
Yes
No
 
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', three civilians in Yemen: security
Senior journalist Hamid Mir hurt in Karachi attack
Suggested Sites