Chorus grows in Pakistan for strike against US assassination drones
Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:35AM
Washington claims to target militants in the country but reports indicate that many of the drone strike victims are civilians.With Washington perversely continuing to violate Pakistan’s sovereignty with its assassination drones, a chorus is growing in the Asian country for military action against the unmanned aerial vehicles, Press TV reports. Many in Pakistan are demanding that the high courts order the government to shoot down the US assassination drones. The newly elected members of Pakistan's parliament have also shown resentment against the US for the violations. “The Obama administration has to back off because they should decide whether Pakistan is a friend or if Pakistan is a foe. If Pakistan is a friend of the United States of America, then the drone strikes must end. It is incumbent on the newly elected government of Pakistan to take a clear, principled, strong position on this issue,” said Mushahid Hussain, a member of Pakistan’s parliament. The statement came following a petition filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday that requests the federal government stop US drone attacks - which are a violation of Article 245 of the Constitution. The petition pointed to a declaration in the Constitution stating that armed forces can be called to defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war. Opposition groups, including the country’s leading opposition party - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), recently blamed the Pakistani military for providing intelligence reports to the CIA, calling on the newly formed government to reform its domestic policies in order to find a diplomatic solution to rampant US aggression.
“The entire nation, a national consensus has evolved around drone attacks, and people feel that they should be stopped forthwith. Tehreek-e-Insaaf has very clearly said that if the government takes a position on this, we will give them all the support that they require,” said Shah Mehmood Qureshi, vice chairman of the PTI.This is while Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has criticized the assassination drone strikes, saying they violate the country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity and describing the CIA-operated strikes as a violation of international law and the UN charter. Washington claims to target militants in the country but reports indicate that many of the drone strike victims are civilians. Over the past several years, Washington has been launching drone attacks on Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. The strikes have also triggered massive protests in the Middle East. GMA/HMV