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There is a drone above you…

I received this impassioned email from a student who is perturbed by the opposition to the infamous drone attacks in Pakistani territory. At PTH we are not taking sides on drone attacks – this is after all a complex issue – but we do think that Pakistan’s sovereignty should be above all considerations. However, I am posting Sehar’s views as they reflect the anxiety of the younger generation as well as its engagement with the current issues negating the myth that our youth is all but ‘political’. Raza Rumi
Sehar Tauqeer
1.Can you imagine the psychological aspect of these drone attacks on terrorists .Constant fear , spy terror, cannot move openly , cannot gather in house, cannot run training camps as drone are there to watch them .They have made terrorists ‘ Mentally Diseased patients and they trust nobody – not even their closest friends these days. In daytime and specially at night when even their close buddy/relative/chum throw a small micro-chip wrapped in cigarette piece at house and as soon the Drone receives GPS signal , shoots missile to send them to enjoy 72 hoors in ‘Jananat-ul-Firdous ‘ who tear the bodies of innocents in suicidal attacks and have virtually collapsed Pakistan economy bringing its GDP to 2% and bringing the business icons like Marriott  Islamabad and Pearl Continental Peshawar ( All UNO staff ran away after this attack while they were only working for the welfare of IDPs) . Pakistan is facing the biggest brain drain , immigration to Canada, UK , US , no business investment, tourism, hotel industry virtually closed. Continue reading

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Pakistan: Swat Deal Grave Threat to Rights

Ordinance Should Be Reversed and Abusive Taliban Leaders Held Accountable says Human Rights Watch

(New York, April 15, 2009) – The Pakistani government should swiftly reverse its decision to cede de-facto administrative control of the Swat valley in Pakistan’s tribal areas to the Taliban and affiliated groups, Human Rights Watch said today. The move presents a grave threat to the rights of women and other basic rights in the troubled region, Human Rights Watch said. Continue reading

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US drone attacks in Pakistan – canon don’t kill mosquito

Qandeel Shaam writes on the infamous drone attacks in Pakistan and raises some pertinent questions. We hope that this voice is heard in the blogosphere and elsewhere. (PTH)

Is it me or have Pakistanis been conspicuously quiet about US drones buzzing about in their territory?

On January 27, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates vowed to continue carrying out missile strikes “against al-Qaeda in Pakistan.” A few days ago, on 28 March 2009, US National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones defended US drone attacks in Pakistan, claiming that “the attacks have done a couple of things: One, they have been targeted very specifically against al Qaeda, two, they produce very low collateral damage.”[1]

Wow. Encroaching upon another country’s territory, sovereignty, and targeting militants that only you have the intelligence of seeing? Killing civilians, women and children, in the process? Is this “low collateral damage”? Is the US so arrogantly bumptious or Pakistan so pussywhipped? Continue reading

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Waziristan – a poem

Waziristan by Kashkin

As Waziris roam in mountains and its steppes,
With companions, the rivers gomal and tolchi
Hear them those blushing meadows in trance
As history whispers its lessons in Wazirwola
As the women recite to their children in music
The old tales of freedom and their valor
On their door steps again, the new threat
Created and fabricated, thousands miles away
Woven in fear and conspiracy, snakes and its poison
As moments brings them closer to injustice
Witness these mountains, whispers these rivers
Those painful moments of separation from its past
Hear these mountains and rivers, echoes of suffering
Death alone not enough, like those mists we rise!

As the story begins of this place and its people
With thunders and applause, we resume
As we play our cards in devil’s hand,
As we throw these women and children in fire
For not of their own creation, displaced tribes
From one corner to another, from south to north
As we pay the price, with missing hands and faces
Committed we have ourselves to this disdain
Witness these mountains, whispers these rivers
Those painful moments of separation from its past
Hear these mountains and rivers, echoes of suffering
Death alone not enough, like those mists we rise!

Discover they all to their surprise
The old pact to protect, as they vowed
The warriors of this land, men and women
With their blood and lives, with gomal and tolchi
The old folklores, all what possession can hold?
To fight and protect, the land, Pakistan
Here we are now, its women and children
As decimation begins, as destruction rains 
For being what they are, for seeing what they see
Hear these mountains, hear these rivers
Our plight, our fall, but you not,
To no effect, to no use, our history
Only in shame, you witness, our demise
Witness these mountains, whispers these rivers
Those painful moments of separation from its past
Hear these mountains and rivers, echoes of suffering
Death alone not enough, like those mists we rise!
They say “not important this place and its people”
The rivers gomal and tolchi and blushing meadows
The old peace now broken, with absent serenity
As we play fools and have become devil’s advocate
The old uprisings we have forgotten,
At our own peril, no one returns once you have broken
The old vows and traditions, as they whisper
Remain it will in their hearts, these tales of torture
Witness these mountains, whispers these rivers
Those painful moments of separation from its past
Hear these mountains and rivers, echoes of suffering
Death alone not enough, like those mists we rise! Continue reading

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